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St. Paul’s Lake Phalen will host the Dragon Festival on Saturday

The Dragon Festival returns to St. Paul’s Lake Phalen from 9am to 7pm on Saturday – the first time since the covid-19 pandemic.

The festival, which celebrates the cultures of the Asia-Pacific region, features Dragon Boat racing where teams drive ornate long boats across the lake. The history of dragon boat racing dates back 2,400 years ago as a time to celebrate the death of a poet, minister and advisor to the emperor during the Chu dynasty.

There is also ethnic food and a variety of cultural activities. A beer garden, a bean bag toss tournament and a fashion show are among many new additions this year.

Varieties of food from different Asian countries will be available, jewelry and handmade arts and crafts from a variety of Asian backgrounds and ethnicities will be on display, according to a Dragon Festival spokesperson.

The aim of the festival is to promote trust and a sense of community among Asia-Pacific communities, increase pride and honor Asia-Pacific history and culture, according to organizers.

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