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Bayou DeSiard Dragon Boat Festival

By Melanie Moffett
In Bayou Scene
Jun 27th, 2016

The boats returned to Bayou DeSiard for another year, in what has quickly become one of Monroe’s signature events. The Fourth Annual Bayou DeSiard Dragon Boat Festival was held on May 14 and thousands turned out to watch teams compete for the top prize–bragging rights as the top Dragon Boat team of the year.

This year, the Bayou DeSiard Dragon Boat Festival benefitted the Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana. The ancient sport of dragon boat racing originated in China. Teams of 20 rowers follow the lead of the drummer and captain to be the fastest boat in “heats”–races following a specific course where the winner is determined by best time. This year, first place went to the Knight Riders of the Knight Law Firm in Monroe.