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Louisiana Dragon Boat Races

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Start Date:
May 06, 2017
End Date:
May 06, 2017
 The Alexandria Museum Art is proud to bring the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™ back to Rapides Parish. This exciting family event makes for a great day of good, spirited racing, and a great time on and off the water! 

Want to watch? It's free! Just show up and have a seat in the amphitheatre, or walk over a stay a while during the Alex River Fête!

Want to be on the water?

Dragon Boat teams consist of 20 paddlers (a minimum of eight (8) must be female) and one drummer. The helmsman will be provided. There will be a practice session for each team during the week preceding the event. To register as a competing team, choose the "Boat Team" Ticket ($2,100), and complete the registration and payment forms at checkout. 

Have a team, but that would rather stay dry?

If you are a company or organization who wants to participate in the fun, but not on the water, you can register as a Tailgating Team, and secure a private spot in the team tent area for your associates to be close to the action, then register as a "Tailgating-at-a-Tent-Site Team" ($1,050) by selecting the "Tailgaiting Ticket" option, and complete the registration and payment forms at checkout. 

Due to overwhelming response in the past and limited space on the river, the Museum will accept boat teams on a first come, first serve basis. To secure your spot, complete the forms below. 

to register a team, visit

chedule of Events:

Friday, May 5

Spring 2017 Illuminate the Arts Procession • 8 pm:

The Alexandria Museum brings you the third annual Spring Illuminate the Arts Procession. During the 2017 River Fete, on Friday, May 5, The Alexandria Museum of Art will be lighting up the streets! The community is welcomed to walk in the procession with a luminary they have created! There will also be luminaries to borrow! First come. First serve! So get here early. The procession will begin at 8 pm. All participants should arrive at the museum no later than 7:45.

Saturday, May 6 

Opening Ceremony 8:30pm Races begin 9am 


The Muse Chalk Art Project • 9am - 4pm:

Muse members have organized and designed chalk art for the upcoming River Fete. Come watch as the teens execute a Dragon Boat inspired giant chalk drawing near the corner of Murray and Second Street on the sidewalk next to the Museum.

Alexandria Museum of Art Tours • 12pm & 2pm:

Free group tours of AMoA will be at three different times throughout the day. Museum curator Megan Valentine will guide the guests through the Our Living Past and Kathryn Keller: View From Within exhibitions. An excellent opportunity to experience the Museum.

Art in the Alley Activities • 9 am – 4pm:

The Alexandria Museum of Art Education department will be hosting several outdoor art activities in the alley and on the patio of AMoA. Join us for activities like Water Tattoos, Prayer Flags, Watercolor Lanterns, a chalk wall and Paper Hats to keep your head cool! Come out to support your museum during River Fete!

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