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Bayou DeSiard Dragon Boat Festival

By Melanie Moffett
In Bayou Scene
May 27th, 2015

With the steady beat of a drum, teams of 21 rowers powered and pushed themselves to the limits in pursuit of victory. It was all part of the annual Bayou DeSiard Dragon Boat Festival, held on the bayou near the Bayou DeSiard Country Club on Saturday,  May 9th.

The night before, teams were invited to a pre-race party and “Dotting of the Eye” ceremony featuring beverages by Choice Brands and food from various local food trucks.

Fourteen teams from local businesses, non-profit groups and health clubs fielded teams to row the 25-foot-long crafts and compete for dragon boat glory. After a bit of morning rain, the skies cleared up, and the sun shined down on the festivities. Sponsored by Progressive Bank, Choice Brands and the Radio People, this year’s races supported the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank.

At the end of the day, top honors went to the Choice Brands Aquaholics. The Toggery/DB Real Estate Dragons came in a close second, while Southern Delta Landscape and Sod rounded out the third spot.