The mission of the festival is to highlight Chinese and pan-Asian cultures in Pittsburgh, and to promote cultural understanding between the East and the West in a fun way.
2004 marks the third anniversary of this growing event. Last year's festival was attended by over 10,000 people and attracted significant media attention.
Dragon Boat Racing is a 2,400-year-old traditional Chinese activity known for its color and excitement. The ornately carved and brightly painted dragon heads and tails that adorn the front and back of each craft distinguish the 44 foot-long boat. A Dragon Boat seats 20 paddlers in 10 pairs, a steersperson and a drummer.