Especially at the Dragon Boat Festival in Boston this weekend (Jun. 6-7), where the historic Dragon Boat Race is the main event.
The race entails teams of about 20 people paddling traditional, Hong Kong dragon boats down the river and event organizer Gail Wang says getting pumped up before the big race is essential.
A team of police officers once entered the race and the chief was seen screaming at his crew in official police voice to get his men energized beforehand.
Another time, a group of female line dancers got motivated before the race by sitting on the grass in rowing stance and pretending to paddle in mid-air.
Wang says its not uncommon to spot teams fueling up on zung-ze steamed rice wrapped in reed leaf before setting sail. In ancient times, the chinese dish was used as a sacrifice and thrown in the Milo River.
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