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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dragon Boat Festival 2017

In celebration of the Chinese arrival in Trinidad and Tobago, the Chinese Bicentennial Limited, in partnership with the Trinidad and Tobago Dragon Boat Federation, will be hosting the annual Dragon Boat Festival at the Boardwalk, Chaguaramas.

This will be held on Sunday, October 8 with heats for the regatta taking place on October 7.

Currently in its eleventh year, the regatta will include various categories of races for local teams representing schools and business organisations. The premier event is the Ambassador’s Cup, sponsored by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.

The cultural programme will feature authentic Chinese art forms as well as local versions adapted to the Trinidad and Tobago flavours.

Featured will be the Trinidad and Tobago Chinese Steel Ensemble established in 2006 for the bicentennial, providing entertainment throughout the day. October 12, 2017 will commemorate the 211th anniversary of the arrival of the first group of 194 Chinese men who travelled to our shores on the Fortitude. From this first group, many local Chinese Associations have emerged some of which continue to exist today and

contribute meaningfully to the society of Trinidad and Tobago.


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