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Dragons On Bayou Teche? Absolutely!!

03/19/2013 08:01AM ● Published by Aimee Cormier

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Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, March 23

Bouligny Plaza, New Iberia

Dragons on Bayou Teche? Absolutely! The First Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival will be held Saturday, March 23 in Bouligny Plaza in downtown New Iberia. Presented by the Iberia On Tap organization, all proceeds will benefit the New Iberia City Park Playground Enhancement Project, a citizen-funded project to bring state-of-the-art playground equipment to New Iberia. Participants will race dragonboats on the Teche to compete for the Dragon Boat Champion title. Dragonboat teams will launch from the P.J. Allain Waterfront Development located at 109 N. Weeks Street. The race is 200 meters and participants need to be at least 16. The teams will have the opportunity to train with a professional dragon boat coach during practice one week before the festival, and will race at least twice during the event. Any group can participate from individuals to businesses, organizations, civic groups, churches, clubs, fraternities/sororities, etc. Winners will receive medals. A DJ will entertain the crowd in the morning and Nik L Beer will perform from noon to 4 p.m.   To be a sponsor or a vendor, visit for all the information. Corporations, public service groups, clubs, high schools and businesses are asked to participate in this fun water sport. For more information, email or call 337-352-2180. Iberia On Tap is a non-profit organization whose members strive to improve the community by organizing fun social events, such as movies in the park, concert series, cash mobs and more.

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