Register a Dragon Boat Team

Join us at the Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival on September 26, 2020 and put a dragon boat team together for a day of fun at North Park Lake!

What is a Dragon Boat?

  • Dragon boat racing began from an ancient Chinese Legend
  • One of the fastest growing water sports in the world
  • 40 foot canoe with 10 bench seats... enough room for 20 paddlers
  • The boat has an ornamental dragon head and tail
  • A steersperson stands in the back with a 10-foot steering oar
  • A drummer calls the cadence from the front

How can I participate?

  • Get at least 21 friends, colleagues, or family members together to form a team
  • Find 20 paddlers, with a minimum of 8 women paddlers & no more than 12 men (Exceptions may be made for boats of 10)
  • Find 1 drummer (male or female)
  • Think of a clever name for your team
  • Sign up for practice the week before the event
  • All team members must be at least 12 years old
  • Paddles and life jackets will be provided for practices and races

How much does it cost?

  • $800 for Breast Cancer Survivor teams (25 people at $32 per person)
  • $1,000 for community teams (25 people $40 per person)
  • $1,400 for business or corporate teams (25 people at $56 per person)
  • $800 for youth teams, 12-19 years old (25 people at $32 per person)
* If you are an individual paddler and would like to participate, contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

What happens on race day?

  • The festival will take place at North Park Boat House
  • You will be assigned a tent area at the venue (bring your own tent)
  • You will be competing in at least three 200m races
  • Each race will be the most exciting 2 minutes you can experience on the water!
  • You will be provided with an experienced steers person
  • You will need to have a drummer in an eye catching costume (best dressed prize)
  • Awards and recognition for winning teams, drummer costumes


Folks of all shapes, sizes, ages, athletic ability will enjoy dragon boating!