Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
In 1998 the "Pledge Challenge" was added as a charitable component. The Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation was founded in 2004 to help efforts with fundraising for local charities. The challenge has raised over $2.43 million.
The 2012 edition of the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival took place June 22–24, 2012. The Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation's fundraising goal was to raise $350,000 for local charities.
Breast cancer survivor teams
The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival offers a breast cancer survivor team category and holds an annual flower ceremony on the water. This has become an integral part of the festival and has encouraged many breast cancer survivor teams to participate. Many accompanying family and friends also make the trip to show their support and honour survivors.
The Opening Ceremony is presented on Friday with cultural tourist attractions like the Aboriginal Dance and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipe and Drum band. The Parade of Champions is a smaller version of the Olympics' Parade of Nations. Numerous dignitaries attend including the Mayor of Ottawa. Other special guests include CTV Ottawa media personalities and other prominent members of the broader community. The Opening ceremony also features some ancient Asian cultural celebrations to pay respect to the roots of the festival heritage. Past performers include The Success Lion Dance Troupe, who celebrate a 3000 year old tradition that symbolizes prosperity, luck and happiness; and The Oto-Wa Taiko Japanese drummers.
Features & attractions
- Children's area
- Onsite entertainment
- Vendors, artisans, concessionaires, and exhibitors
Festival attendees can choose from over 50 vendors, artisans, concessionaires and exhibitors. Past vendors include Wilderness Tours, Creative Minds, Creations of the Heart, Lemon Heaven, Stone Soup, and Ottawa Belgian Waffle.