Entertainment Schedule 2017
9:50 - Breast Cancer Survivor Race and Pink Carnation
9:55 - Opening Ceremonies
10:15 10:45 Saint John Chinese Cultural Performances
10:45 11:40 Rock n Roll Cowgirl featuring Scott McRae and Kerry Underhill
11:40 12:20 - Jim MacFarlane
12:20 - 1:15 Scott Mullin and Corey Jellison
1:15 1:25 Flash Mob
1:25 1:50 Presentations and Final Races begin
1:50 2:50 John Martin
2:50 3:50 Oreo Jones Band
3:50 - Final and Closing Ceremonies
The official Opening Ceremonies will begin with the traditional Awakening of the Dragon Eye Dotting Ceremony. This tradition is performed each year and is said to bring out the dragon's fire which gives the boats and their crews the strength of the dragon and protects them during battle.
Breast Cancer Survivor Ceremony
The Pink Carnations Ceremony takes place directly following the Breast Cancer Survivors Challenge Cup. Survivor teams raft together; each paddler raises a pink carnation above their head and holds the hand of a fellow paddler in the next boat. With flowers raised, the poem We Remember You is read and the paddlers toss the pink flowers on the water, both to celebrate survival, and to remember those who did not survive.
Chinese Cultural Dance Performance
The Chinese Cultural Association of Saint John performs beautiful Chinese ethnic dances & music. This includes the Dragon & Lion Dance
Chinese Lion Dance
Lions express joy and happiness. In the Chinese New Year, lion dance groups tour from village to village in China. The Lion Dance also plays an important role in all kinds of celebrations, and religious rites.
Chinese Dragon Dance
Both the Chinese Lion and Dragon Dance have their origins back in ancient China. Both lions and dragons figure in New Years Parades and other celebrations throughout the year. The Dragon Dance was initially performed to stop the spread of epidemics and then evolved into a folk activity.
The Studio Dance School
Surprise Dragon Dance performance from the talented students at the Studio Dance School located in Rothesay.