The Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival Committee invites everyone in the tri-county and Metro DC areas to attend our Fifth Annual Festival. In addition to the exciting Dragon Boat races, the Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival sets itself apart by putting an emphasis on awareness and inclusion of individuals with developmental differences. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of entertainment for young and old, eat lunch or enjoy a snack at one of our Food Vendors and shop at our unique Vendor Village.
The mission of the Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival is to build awareness, knowledge and understanding between individuals with developmental differences and the general public through education, program development and athletic competition.
Proceeds go directly to SMCR, Inc. for the development and support of educational, social and recreational programs and events for people with special needs in Southern Maryland. Visit www.somdcr.org to find out more
SMCR is a 501(C)(3) qualified charity
Dragons and Dragon Boating
Dragon Boating is one of the world's fastest growing team water sports. Originating in China 2,500 years ago, this ancient Chinese tradition has now been transformed into an exciting, modern water sport and is now enjoyed in more than 35 countries.
Dragon Boating is heavily reliant on timing and teamwork and success depends upon how well the team works together. Due to its strength to bring teams together, dragon boating is exceptionally popular with corporate, community and civic organizations.
The Dragon has a very symbolic meaning for the Chinese. A classic dragon has the head of an ox; a deer's antlers; the mane of a horse; the body and scales of a snake; the claws of an eagle and the tail of a fish. With its strength and power the Dragon rides the clouds in the sky and commands the wind, mist and rain.
The Dragon Boat is deeply embedded in China's 'Dragon' culture, with each boat having an ornately carved dragon's head at the Bow and a tail at the Stern. The hull is painted with the Dragon's scales. The paddles symbolically represent the claws.
"Dragon boat racing is so full of energy and color, it's no wonder people are attracted to it"
Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival
PO Box 560
Solomons, MD 20688