It’s a clash of Chinese tradition and a fusion of different cultures — and organizers said that they wouldn’t have it any other way.

That would be the 23rd annual Long Beach’s annual Dragon Boat Festival, and it’s happening next weekend, July 27 and 28, at Marine Stadium.

“It’s really amazing seeing so many people embracing Dragon Boat racing,” Dr. Howard Chen, International Collegiate Dragonboat Federation president and festival organizer, said. “People come from everywhere, from all different backgrounds, and they’re celebrating tradition while making it a part of their own.”

The international boat race is one of the largest dragon boat competitions in California. It hosts more than 150 teams from around the world, including teams from Long Beach, and Chen said that he

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