Immediate Press Release – September 22, 2011
Contact: Winnie Tang @ 305-753-8791
9th ANNUAL SOUTH FLORIDA
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Saturday, November 19, 2011
HAULOVER PARK, MIAMI, FL
[Miami, Florida – 9/22/2011] United Chinese Association of Florida (UCAF) will present the ninth annual South Florida Dragon Boat Festival at the beautiful Haulover Park, Miami, Florida. UCAF would like to invite everyone to join together in bringing this festive, colorful, cultural experience to life.
This annual event brings culture, sport, multicultural entertainment and international flavors to Miami Beach on Saturday, November 19, from 10 am to 5 pm at Haulover Park - 10800 Collins Avenue, Miami, FL 33154. Opening ceremony will be held at 12 noon to kickoff the cultural program.
● Exciting Egg Roll Eating Contest and Kite Contest
● Live multicultural entertainment, featuring colorful Chinese Lion Dance & powerful Kung Fu Demonstration, Middle Eastern belly dancing, other international musical performances, and Cooking Demonstration
● Fun “Smash to Build” to sledge hammer a car to raise fund for a Senior Community Center
● Health & Fitness Exhibits, blood pressure check-ups, and information on hepatitis, heart disease, diabetes, strokes, etc.
● Arts & Crafts, Business Services, and Informational Exhibits
● Delicious and Authentic Asian and International Food Selection
In addition, UCAF will launch the “Hep B Free” education campaign: Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones to increase testing and vaccination in the fight against hepatitis B and liver cancer.
Free, accessible and fun for all ages, the event draws thousands of visitors and residents together to celebrate a legend that dates back over 2,000 years. Haulover Park’s parking fee is $6 per vehicle.
United Chinese Association of Florida, a community-based organization, was founded in 2003. The Festival is in its 9th year to promote the social, cultural and economic well being of Florida’s Chinese-at-large and the understanding of Chinese culture and traditions.
Be a vendor, please call 954-604-1515, or a sponsor, please call UCAF at 305-345-8489, email at UCAF@bellsouth.net or visit www.MiamiDragonBoat.com for more information.
In the fourth century B.C., China was undergoing political and military strife. This era is also known as the Warring States period. Qu Yuan, disgruntled with the ruler and the state of affairs, protested against the regime by jumping into the Mi Lo River. According to legend, local fishermen, upon seeing their beloved poet's act of courage, raced out with their boats in an attempt to save him. To their dismay, they arrived too late. To prevent his body from being eaten by the fish, they beat the waters furiously with their paddles and threw rice dumplings wrapped in silk into the river to distract the fish. The re-enactment of the villagers racing out to save Qu Yuan has become today's dragon boat race festival. Celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, dragon boat festival is not only one of the most important Chinese traditions second to Chinese New Year, but now is an annual event held in over 40 countries.