Rotary clubs of Duluth and Superior will host the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival (LSDBF) Kickoff Party on March 1 at Cedar Lounge, 1715 North Third St., Superior.

LSDBF will announce the new theme, "Paddle With a Purpose: Every Family Should Have a Home," and new charitable partnerships. The event will feature Superior Mayor Jim Paine; Barb Certa-Warner, Harbor House Crisis Shelters; Maude Dornfeld, Life House Duluth; and David Clanaugh, Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity.

"Many new changes are taking place this year with the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival," said Christian Koelling, president of Duluth's Harbortown Rotary Club. "Addressing the issue of homelessness in our communities is an initiative for our clubs throughout the year and we are excited to take that commitment to the next level by featuring three very worthy organizations doing work to combat homelessness in the Twin Ports."

LSDBF is offering $100 registration discount to dragon boat teams that register March 1 at Cedar Lounge. Charlie Parr will open for the Black-eyed Snakes at 8 p.m.

The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival is a free, family-friendly, two-day event Aug. 23-24 featuring music, fireworks, food and dragon boat racing. The event is operated by Harbortown Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Superior and Superior Sunrise Centennial Rotary Club. The purpose of the festival is to raise money for the festival's charitable partners and the Twin Ports Rotary clubs.

"Our charitable partners will have a great opportunity to showcase their incredible work, and a portion of the festival's proceeds will be donated to their projects," said Meghan Blair, co-chairperson of this year's festival. "Teams, paddlers and the public will have the opportunity at the festival to learn more about each organization's efforts in reducing housing insecurity in the Twin Ports. We encourage everyone to get involved and be a part of the solution."