Fun Guandu Festival to highlight amphibious parade this weekend

An amphibious parade consisting of both participants on land and on the Keelung River will take place in Taipei’s Guandu area on Sunday (October 29) during the “Fun Guandu Festival 2017.”

A total of 35 teams will take part in the parade on land, while the procession on the river comprises a fleet of over 100 canoes. (Photo from Taipei D...

A total of 35 teams will take part in the parade on land, while the procession on the river comprises a fleet of over 100 canoes. (Photo from Taipei D...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--An amphibious parade consisting of both participants on land and on the Keelung River will take place in Taipei’s Guandu area on Sunday (October 29) during the “Fun Guandu Festival 2017,” according to Taipei’s Department of Information and Tourism.

A total of 35 teams will take part in the parade on land, while the procession on the river comprises a fleet of over 100 canoes, according to the organizers. The fleet will travel along Keelung River from Shuangxi Wharf all the way to Guandu Wharf, where the two parties will come together, the organizers said.

A press conference was held on October 24 to promote the festival. Members from communities in Guandu also showed up dressing in costumes they have prepared for the upcoming parade. A canoe hand painted by the vice principal of Taipei National University of the Arts also debuted at the press event. The vessel will carry Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on the day of the parade, according to the organizers.

(Photo from Taipei Department of Information and Tourism website)

Since the beginning of October, related activities of the festival has been held, including 10-percent fare discount for travelers with Guandu Micro-trip Discount Booklet (available for download at the festival’s official page) by Taipei Cruise Corporation through the month of October.

Please visit the official Chinese activity website for more information on the festival.