In 2016, the United Way of South Mississippi hosted the area’s first Gulf Coast Dragon Boat Festival.
United Way hopes its new fundraiser will be a staple among festivalgoers and friendly competitors.
Registration is open for the 2017 Dragon Boat Festival, which will be April 29 at The Dock Bar & Grill in Gulfport.
The cost for each 20-person boat is $1,500. The cost is $1,250 for nonprofit organizations. Sponsorship levels range from $200 to $8,000.
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The festival is free to attend and will offer a children’s area, live music, a performance by the Biloxi Lions Club Dragon Dancers, a costume contest, a steerer’s auction and much more.