Sloan’s Lake Park was the location of this year’s Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, in the trendy Highlands neighborhood northwest of downtown Denver. My husband and brother and I arrived at 10 on Sunday, and the festival was already underway. This photograph Dragon Boat Festival race Denver July 2009shows the aftermath of a race between a Colorado team and the Houston Heat, who must have been grateful for the cooler weather.

Although the festival website discouraged it, we drove and parked at a “nearby” school. So we weren’t quite as eco-friendly as this man.Dragon Boat Festival man on bike Denver July 2009

It was a colorful festival, from these mysterious T-shirtsDragon Boat Festival Lychee nuts Denver July 2009 to this woman at the Thailand tourism booth. I don’t think she would be able to eat in this costume.Dragon Boat Festival Thai tourism booth Denver July 2009

As always at Denver festivals, there was good food, from Chez Thuy, my absolute favorite Vietnamese restaurant in the Denver metro area, to this somehow appropriate pairing, Dragon Boat Festival Chan's and bratwurst Denver July 2009to the place I settled on because I’d never had Filipino-American food (Tropical Grill).

The dish I got, rice and kahlua pork and egg rolls, wasn’t especially remarkable, but it got rid of my sugar low. Dragon Boat Festival Tropical plate Denver July 2009And then Todd came back with what he called “Thai shave ice,” Dragon Boat Festival Thail Shave Ice with beans and jelly Denver July 2009which is topped with red beans and 3 kinds of jellies. Weird? Maybe. Tasty? Yes, though the mixture gets less appetizing the more you eat.

And to help work off all that food was this drum-and-dance group, part of the Lao Community of Colorado.Dragon Boat Festival Lao Community of Colorado Denver July 2009

To recover from all that activity, we slumped down on the grass. But later I felt cheated when I wandered through the back-of-the-booths relaxation area. Then it occurred to me that the tents probably belonged to the teams who came to Denver to participate in the boat races. I wonder if anybody spent the night in the park?

These digs were probably the most basic of any I saw.Dragon Boat Festival tent Denver July 2009 Many tents had cots and coolers and chairs enough to seat a dozen people.

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  1. Mary July 28, 2009 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Oh, I can’t believe BlogDog and I didn’t make it out there! It looks like it would have been a great event. I’ll have to mark my calendar for next year.
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  2. BernardL July 29, 2009 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Neat pictures. I don’t think I could have tried that Thai Shaved Ice dish.

  3. Beth Partin July 29, 2009 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Bernard, it was a little different, and not all that good to look at.

    Mary, there were lots of cool dogs there. BlogDog would have made lots of new friends.
    .-= Beth Partin´s last blog ..Crazy About Denver: Have a Heart =-.

  4. Cara Lopez Lee July 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I had heard about this event, and I’m sorry I missed it! Your story and lively photos convinced me to go next year. Strangely, my favorite picture is the one with the side-by-side Brats and Chinese Chicken. Very funny. I hope you’ll consider re-running some of these types of stories again next year, in advance of the events, to remind us to go!

  5. Beth Partin July 31, 2009 at 10:02 am - Reply


    I have done some reminders on Fridays. I’ve been thinking of doing them on Mondays, instead, so people have time to plan.
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