Children's Coalition hosts 2018 Dragon Boat Festival

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MONROE, La, (KNOE) - The Children's Coalition hosting the 2018 Bayou Desiard Dragon Boat Festival.

Twenty-six teams competing in this year's race.

Organizers say the key to winning these races isn't about strength, but more about coordination and unison.

Some say they had months to practice, others say they didn't have much time at all.

"We had practice in one day,” said Byron Maze with the Lee Junior High Tigers. Didn't know what we were doing we just came paddling. Got splashed with water. It was a good experience."

"During school, we had our first practice just like sitting in chairs and we rowed with paddles and then we had practice out here and we practiced in the water," said Claire Booch.

The event benefits the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana.