Taoist priests conducted a traditional ceremony Friday afternoon that culminated in the dotting of the eyes of moored dragon boats in the Inner Harbour to kick off the 18th annual Victoria Dragonboat Festival. Dotting the eyes is believed to awaken the spirit of the dragon within the boat.
Racing begins Saturday and spectators can enjoy a night market, beer garden, music as well as cultural displays of dances. kung fu and drumming.
The festival is a major fund raiser for the BC Cancer Foundation and the BC Cancer Agency.