Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver Attends 2016 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver attended the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival at the Sloan’s Lake Park on July 30-31. The office set up a booth to showcase Taiwan’s national image and promote the country’s culture and tourism.

In an interview with the Denver Post at the festival, Director General Jerry Chang said “we would just like to promote the image of Taiwan to our community, and we want to actively participate in the existing cultures here in Denver. Colorado is a state of many multicultural communities, we want more people to have a better understanding of the Asian culture.”

The office also arranged traditional ring toss and chopstick pick-up games at the booth, which attracted thousands of people to stop by during the two-day festival.

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival debuted in 2001 at Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver, and has been held there ever since. It is the 16th year of the festival and this year there was an estimated 125,000 festival-goers at the event with 50 competing dragon boat teams. It is the largest Dragon Boat Festival in the country, drawing far more attendees than similar festivals in cities such as New York, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Director General Jerry Chang and Congressman Mike Coffman at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival