The featured Glimpses event this weekend is a combination of competition, celebration and, of course, a huge party… the 8th annual Charleston Dragon Boat Festival.
If you have never seen a dragon boat race, they are very cool. Two 20 member teams paddle their nifty dragon boats as fast as possible down a 250 meter course. The trick is to have the right combination of cadence and power. One year the stroke rate chant of the winning team was ,”Ice cold beer, ice cold beer.” They were a team of huge, fit and powerful guys wearing viking helmets. So you get the idea.
There is a strong connection of dragon boat racing in Charleston to cancer survivors, and is a wonderful theme for the event. There will be dozens of boats competing.
So head over to Brittlebank Park along the Ashley River on Saturday from 8:00AM until 4:00PM, and take part in the wonderful craziness of the races, the food, live music and fantastic spirit. And the cost is free.