The 8th Annual Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Race will take place on 30 April Saturday on the Garrison Channel near the Waterside Marriott. The Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races are held on the Garrison channel in Downtown Tampa, FL. The race course is between the Beneficial Street and the Franklin Street Harbour Island Bridges. Each team races n the 400m course three times during the event. Teams load the boats at the Convention Center docks on the west side of the Marriott, and then travel up the Channel to the start line. The finish line is in front of the Marriott. A central viewing location is located at the Marriott Waterside Hotel and marina (700 S Florida Avenue) or at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, adjacent to the Marriott and right behind the St. Pete Times Forum. The racing runs from 8:30am to 6pm. During the first ever International Food and Beer Festival from 11 am to 7 pm, athletes and spectators alike enjoy food, beverage and entertainment in the Athlete’s Village at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. For just $25, you can purchase a cup and receive unlimited beer sampling from 2 pm to 7 pm! The day’s entertainment will feature 3 live bands and kick off at 11 am with Early Morning Project and followed by No Money Down. AsiaFest 2010 will be taking place at the same time at the St. Pete Times Forum Plaza. Parking is available, you will just have to use patience.
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