Philly rowers embrace the worldwide phenomenon of dragon boat racing, but what is it?

The sport traces its history back over 2,000 years to southern China

and features paddlers of all ages and genders from all over the world.

As the sun rises or sets after a day’s work over the Schuylkill River

any Philadelphian will come across boat activity. But if one looks closer,

there may be the striking sight of a long and narrow boat that glides smoothly through the water

headed by a dragon, fangs out and all, colored in scales, and finished with a tail

Over the faint wind, one would hear the sound of a drum

dictating the beat to which the paddlers match pace, completely in sync