Blessing the Dragons

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Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe christened some dragons in Central Park today...Well, he took part in the traditional Chinese blessing of dragon boats preparing for next month's 19th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens.

The festival's feature events are races between the 38-foot-long, brightly-colored dragon boats. Shaolin martial artists also will perform. The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be held August 8th and 9th in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

Reporting by Rachel Senatore.

A dragon boat
A dragon boat
Paddles used by rowers to race the 38-foot-long boats
Paddles used by rowers to race the 38-foot-long boats
The head of the boat
The head of the boat
A shaolin martial artist
A shaolin martial artist
Another shaolin martial artist
Another shaolin martial artist
The \"dotting the eye,\" part of the blessing ceremony
The \"dotting the eye,\" part of the blessing ceremony
Parks Commissioner Benepe with Nickelodeon character Kai Lan
Parks Commissioner Benepe with Nickelodeon character Kai Lan
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