The Boston Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the banks of the Charles River each year. The oldest of its kind in North America, it began in 1979 as a small neighborhood event commemorating the death of Chinese poet and politician Qu Yuan. It now draws over 20,000 people.
Teams from the U.S. and Canada compete on a 500-meter course in 39-foot-long Hong Kong-style dragon boats.
Racing events this year occur June 8-9, and the festival on June 9 features Asian cultural performances, Asian food and arts and crafts representing ancient Chinese traditions.