2012 Walgreens Orlando Int’l Dragon Boat Festival
The 4th Annual Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival held at Downtown Disney took place on October 15, 2011. This event has grown to nearly 70 teams registered to race. There were many local organizations and businesses that will participate in this exciting, family-friendly activity. Included in the local lineup are 10 registered teams from Orlando Health, two teams from the City of Orlando including dragon boat team member Mayor Buddy Dyer, the Orlando Police Department SWAT team, Orange County SWAT team, Orange County Fire Rescue team, as well as The Big Red Boat team from Florida Blood Center, among others.
Walgreens signed on again as the festival’s presenting sponsor. They designed a new, custom-wrapped “Walgreens There’s a Way” dragon boat that arrived in Orlando after stopping to participate in both Toronto and Philadelphia’s dragon boat festivals along the way.
Our Asian community provided entertainment throughout the day with special events for children. Admission and parking were free, and this fun-filled family day on October 15 at Downtown Disney was not to be missed. The Orlando Health branded dragon
boat has been making appearances at community events around town and stirring up the excitement about the festival. We thank and recognize the support from Great White North Dragon Boat, the international dragon boat festival promoter from Toronto, Canada. To learn more about this great event, visit gwdragonboat.com.
We also thank Walt Disney World for their support and hosting of this festival. A podcast recapping Orlando Health’s participation in the 4th Annual Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival at Downtown Disney is now available to view on the Orlando Health website and You Tube. Here is how you can listen to the podcasts:
Women Playing For T.I.M.E. and MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando are the charitable beneficiaries of this festival. This years’ event is expected to attract over 1,500 team participants and 10,000 spectators.
The DBC participates in and offers many training and other dragon boat-related opportunities throughout the year. For more information on upcoming training and other events, please contact Marelize .
We hope to see you on the water soon!