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Booking Practices

Practices for the Walgreens Greater New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival Presented by PepsiCo will be held on the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, from Tuesday May 5th to Friday May 8th.

403 Saint Francis Street (intersection of Water Street & St. Louis Street)
Madisonville, LA 70447

Practices can only be confirmed once event fees are received in full. Teams in need of a steers should let GWN know that they require a coach. One will be provided, free of charge. Equipment such as paddles and lifejackets will be provided.

Each paddler must complete a waiver online before attending a practice. Teams should arrive at the site at least 15 minutes before their practice time. A GWN representative will be on site to check teams in, provide assistance and to collect waivers. There is no parking at the venue.

Please note that street and lot parking near the venue will not be allowed.

Questions regarding practices should be sent to bookings@gwndragonboat.com.

Please allow 48hrs for confirmation of practice times.

Practices FAQs

Do We Need Our Own Paddles & PFDs (lifejackets)?
No, GWN supplies paddles and pfds at both practice sessions and at the race weekend.  Paddlers are permitted to use their own paddles and PFDs provided they meet the required specifications.  An approved full-vest personal flotation device (“PFD”) is required to be worn by all participants at all times while on the water.  Approved paddles and PFDs are available for sale from GWN.

Do We Need a Coach?
No, GWN supplies a coach for each team for practice sessions. Teams with their own designated coach/steers are not obligated to use the Coach supplied by GWN.

When Should I Arrive For My Practice?
Your team should arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to your scheduled practice time.  This allows time for parking, warm-ups, etc.  Please be respectful of any teams practicing after you, and return to the docks a few minutes in advance of your finishing time to allow for unloading.

What Should I Wear for Paddling?
Wear comfortable clothing that does not absorb or hold moisture.  Tighter fitting clothes are more appropriate than a baggy fit that will catch water and drag.  Fabrics such as Dryfit or Coolmax are recommended.  Bringing a dry change of clothes for after practice (and racing!) is also recommended.

Practice Schedule

Please check availability below and email bookings@gwndragonboat.com to reserve your spot.

 Tues May 5
Wed May 6
Thurs May 7 Fri May 8
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