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Dragons dive into lake
Annual Atlanta Boat Festival launches Saturday
Colorful dragons dance for the crowd at the 18th annual Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival at the Lake Lanier Olympic Center at Clarks Bridge Park.

19th annual Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival

When: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13

Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville

Cost: Free to watch; $10 to park; $2 for shuttle

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Eastern cultural will descend upon the banks of Lake Lanier as the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival launches its competition Saturday in Gainesville.

The 19th annual festival will begin with Buddhist monks blessing the Dragon Boats at 7 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. The first race of the biggest Hong Kong cultural event will follow at 7:45 a.m. and continue until noon.

At noon, opening ceremonies will be conducted with the Dotting of the Eye of the Dragon and performances by several Asian artists. Races will then continue until 3 p.m.

Awards and a raffle drawing is scheduled between 3:10–3:40 p.m. The 2,000-meter dragon boat racing will follow.

Food vendors will be onsite with traditional Asian cuisine for spectators.

To watch the races, the event is free. Parking at the venue is limited and is $10 per car.

Offsite parking is available at Riverbend Elementary School, Hall County Federal Credit Union and Bible Baptist Church. Shuttles will run continuously throughout the day and cost $2 per person for unlimited rides.

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