August 26, 2017

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About Saint John Dragon Boat - Schedule Of Events

If you would like to donate your time and provide entertainment at the 2017 Saint John Dragon Boat please contact the foundation office by phone 506-632-5595 or by email


Opening Ceremonies

The official Opening Ceremonies will begin with the traditional Awakening of the Dragon Eye Dotting Ceremony.  This tradition is performed each year and is said to bring out the dragon's fire which gives the boats and their crews the strength of the dragon and protects them during battle.


Breast Cancer Survivor Ceremony

The Pink Carnations Ceremony takes place directly following the Breast Cancer Survivors Challenge Cup. Survivor teams raft together; each paddler raises a pink carnation above their head and holds the hand of a fellow paddler in the next boat. With flowers raised, the poem We Remember You is read and the paddlers toss the pink flowers on the water, both to celebrate survival, and to remember those who did not survive.


Chinese Cultural Dance Performance

The Chinese Cultural Association of Saint John performs beautiful Chinese ethnic dances & music. This includes the Dragon & Lion Dance


Chinese Lion Dance

Lions express joy and happiness. In the Chinese New Year, lion dance groups tour from village to village in China. The Lion Dance also plays an important role in all kinds of celebrations, and religious rites.


Chinese Dragon Dance

Both the Chinese Lion and Dragon Dance have their origins back in ancient China.  Both lions and dragons figure in New Year’s Parades and other celebrations throughout the year. The Dragon Dance was initially performed to stop the spread of epidemics and then evolved into a folk activity.

The Studio Dance School

Surprise Dragon Dance performance from the talented students at the Studio Dance School located in Rothesay.

Variety of Local Musicians