Annual Dragon Boat Races set for Saturday, April 13

Photo of the 2018 races by Hannah Richardson

The Northwestern State University Office of First Year Experience will present the Fourth Annual Natchitoches Dragon Boat Races Saturday, April 13 at the newly renovated downtown Natchitoches riverbank. This year, the races will be planned an executed by the Demon VIP organization on campus, so students can get real world event planning experience while still in school. All proceeds will go to fund future leadership initiatives at NSU.

Races will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue throughout the day with vendors, music and activities for families and spectators.

Spectator admission is free.

Dragon Boat teams consist of 20 paddlers (a minimum of eight 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 enter a team or become a vendor, email Van Erikson at or call 337-519-7771.