Dragon boating to beat cancer...a “must-see” festival returns

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - It’s one of the Lowcountry’s most unique and exciting events. Fun costumes, colorful tents and fierce competition returns along the Ashley River. The annual Dragon Boat Festival is back at Brittlebank Park Saturday, May 7 and promises to be an epic day to benefit and celebrate cancer survivors.

Teams of 20 paddlers, each with a drummer, will take to water to compete and raise money for cancer survivors. Dragon Boat Charleston’s mission is get cancer survivors involved in their paddling program to encourage physical and mental wellness. Proceeds from the festival cover the expenses of DBC cancer survivor paddling programs, nutrition and yoga workshops, endurance paddles, an 8-week PATH outreach session for cancer survivors and race registration fees throughout the year.

The festival is free of charge for spectators but proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for entry. All participants and volunteers will also be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Race organizers will follow City of Charleston Event guidelines and masking may be required when social distancing is not possible. Parking can be found in several lots around Brittlebank Park. The festival runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for complete details.