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2017 Natchitoches Dragon Boat Races

March 6 2017 | blog

Northwestern State University’s Chaplin’s Lake was the scene of a good natured battle for nautical bragging rights Saturday, March 4 as 15 teams of 20 paddlers competed in the second annual Natchitoches Dragon Boat Races. The popular event, which doubled in size from last year’s seven teams, is a fundraiser for the NSU Alumni Foundation. The money raised today will be used for events, programing and scholarships for deserving students. 

Chateau Saint Denis Hotel "Saint Denis Paddle Pushers" was one of the 14 dragon boats that competed in this exciting event. Each dragon boat is crewed by 20 people, accompanied by a drummer who keeps the crew rowing in unison.