Opening Ceremony kicks off CDBF in colorful, dynamic style

Dragon Dance, Eye-Dotting Ceremony to awaken the spirit of the dragons highlight Opening Ceremony

The Dragon Dance draws hundreds of spectators to the Opening Ceremonies every year. (Photo by Claudia Hernandez Ponce)

The Dragon Dance draws hundreds of spectators to the Opening Ceremonies every year. (Photo by Claudia Hernandez Ponce)

One of the highlights of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival every year is the Opening Ceremony, which kicks off the festival with this most traditional of rituals.

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock participating in the 2013 Eye Dotting Ceremony, a very spiritual part of the CDBF Opening Ceremonies. (Photo by Jon A. Yamamoto)

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock participating in the 2013 Eye Dotting Ceremony, a very spiritual part of the CDBF Opening Ceremonies. (Photo by Jon A. Yamamoto)

The Opening Ceremony starts at 10 am Saturday July 29 with a cultural spectacle, featuring Chinese Buddhist monks chanting and blessing the festival and all the competitors, then performing a beautiful, spiritual, traditional Eye Dotting Ceremony with invited dignitaries to awaken the spirit of the dragons within the race boats. A dynamic Dragon Dance closes the Opening Ceremony.

CDBF’s Opening Ceremony also features the Olympics-like camaraderie of the Team Parade.

The Boulder-based Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Academy (SHMKF) will perform the Dragon Dance (and Lion Dances and kung fu demonstrations later in the day) once again to close out the Opening Ceremony. They’ve performed the Dragon Dance every year at CDBF since it debuted in 2001. SHMKF’s Shifu (Master) Howie Solow is one of the founders of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.

The crowds simply love the sights and sounds of this inspirational portion of the festival. Please join us for this colorful start to the 17th annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival!

 

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