The Dragon Festival will be held at St. Paul’s Lake Phalen on Saturday
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The Dragon Festival will be held at St. Paul’s Lake Phalen on Saturday

The Dragon Festival will return to Phalen Lake in St. Paul on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. — for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.

The festival, which celebrates Asian and Pacific cultures, includes dragon boat racing, in which teams race decorated longboats across a lake. The history of dragon boat racing dates back 2,400 years to commemorate the death of a poet, minister and advisor to the emperor during the Chu Dynasty.

There are also ethnic foods and various cultural activities. A beer garden, a bean bag throwing tournament and a fashion show are just a few of the many new things this year.

A Dragon Festival spokesman said a variety of dishes from different Asian countries will be available, and jewelry and handicrafts from various Asian backgrounds and ethnic groups will be presented.

The festival aims to build trust and a sense of community among the Asia-Pacific community, raising pride and celebrating the history and culture of the region, organizers say.