Thousands of spectators are expected to join 2500 athletes at the 21st annual Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat festival in the Inner Harbour downtown. The festival runs through Sunday and is expected to draw thousands of spectators.
A traditional Taoist eye dotting ceremony was held at Ship Point pier Friday afternoon to kick off the popular festival.
The festival will feature racing starting at 8am on Saturday and spectators can take in musical acts, food trucks and tents and other entertainment.
The event raises money for the BC Cancer Foundation.