One of the highlights of the fall season in Philly is the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival. Held in early October, the race is a unique event, fun and exciting to watch. The next one is scheduled for Saturday Oct 4, 2014.
Dragon boat racing involves teams of 20 paddlers who move in unison, combining strength with teamwork in a boat whose elaborate design originated in ancient China. This photo was taken during a practice session, and the boat is missing the dragon decorations.