PORTLAND -- The Rose Festival attracts tourists from around the world, but it also serves as an important link to Portland’s sister city, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Portland celebrates the cultural connection with the colorful Dragon Boat Races, modeled after the popular competition in the international port city.
This year, the Dragon Boat Races are scheduled for the weekend of June 8. The races are set to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. They should end by 4 p.m. each day.
There are 80 teams scheduled to compete, with heats of four teams every nine minutes.
Spectators can watch from the grass at the south end of Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park while racers paddle toward the finish line in the Willamette River. Tents will also be set up with event souvenirs and food for sale. More: Dragon boat race & spectator info