Schuylkill River: Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival 2013

Photo by Menglong Liang.

Courtesy of Menglong Liang: Temple University Photojournalism class 2013
Photo by Menglong Liang.

The 12th annual Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival finished its race day along the Schuylkill River on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, with 140 boats registered and more than 2,800 participants.

The Dragon boat race is a 2,000-year old tradition rooted in China, where even today it is in honor of Qu Yuan, a Chinese patriotic poet who was the advisor to the king in Chu Kingdom.

Carol Lee Lindner organized a dragon boat team that benefited breast-cancer patients in 1999 and founded the 500-meter dragon boat race in Philadelphia in 2002. As the number of teams grew over the years, Lindner decided to bring the races to the masses.

The Philadelphia event is a fund-raising one in the festival tradition. Last year, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival raised more than $187,000 for the Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Wide shot of dragon boat race _DSC5510 DragonBoat1 Philip Conine 1 Menglong Liang Menglong Liang2 Menglong Liang3 Menglong Liang4 HuaZong
Photo by Menglong Liang.

This package was produced by the photojournalism class in the Department of Journalism at Temple University. Dr. Edward Trayes has had photojournalism students covering the dragon boat races on the Schuylkill River for the past five years. This year, 12 students in  the class produced a number of  projects, including a video, a book and an iPad application.

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