In China, dragons are revered for their potent life force, weather-controlling ability, and iconic graphic value not to mention their knack for burping red-hot fire. And theres plenty of evidence such dragon legends were inspired by a very real creature that lurks in our own back yards and sewers: the saltwater crocodile. The largest living reptile, crocs have senses that are finely tuned to atmospheric pressure changes. Theyre also natural surfing machines. The 20-foot-long beasts wait for the perfect moment, drop in, and then hang ten for hundreds of miles on their scaled bellies. Given such skills, its no surprise that dragon boating, a 2,000-year-old Chinese sport, is alive and well in Miami, where maritime lawyers arent the only oceanic reptiles. Find out what all the fun is about this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the South Florida Dragon Boat Festival takes over Haulover Park. The free festival will also include landlubbing activities such as eating egg rolls, flying kites, and watching martial arts performances.
Sat., Oct. 2, 9 a.m., 2010