Metro Ottawa: 'Best ever' dragon boat fest
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Maggie Cartwright isn’t a paddler.
But it didn’t stop the Montreal resident from coming out to what organizers are calling the "best ever" Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival yesterday.
"I haven’t missed it in about three, four years," she said. "I love the boats and the energy of it all. This beach is so lovely. And there is such great music this year that you don’t have to (be involved in dragon boat) to come here."
Cartwright wasn’t alone. While there were 5,000 paddlers on 190 teams from Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Kingston and the U.S., spectators far outnumbered the participants when more than 60,000 people came out to Mooney’s Bay this weekend.
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