Colorful dragons from around the world meet in Poland

May 31, 2015, 3:00 PM
In this picture taken Saturday, May 30, 2015 , dragon balloons are seen in the night sky during the...
In this picture taken Saturday, May 30, 2015 , dragon balloons are seen in the night sky during the 15th annual Dragon Festival in Krakow, Poland, organized by the local "Grotesque" theater. Krakow is famous for its legend of a dragon that, in the tale, once lived under the Wawel Castle Hill. (AP Photo/Jarek Praszkiewicz)
(AP Photo/Jarek Praszkiewicz)

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Colorful dragons made from paper, fabric and plastic came from around the world to the Polish city of Krakow for the 15th annual Dragon Festival.

The weekend festival began with an evening show Saturday on the Vistula river that involved the dragons, laser lights, boats and torches. Sunday was marked by a parade of dragons from about 30 nations down the streets of Krakow, which is also famous for its own legend of a dragon under the Royal Wawel Castle Hill.

In the tale, the king asked the clever shoemaker Dratewka to free Krakow from the ever-hungry dragon that was decimating the herds. Dratewka wrapped some sulfur and tar in a sheep’s skin. When he ate it, the dragon ran to drink from the Vistula, and drank until it burst.

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Colorful dragons from around the world meet in Poland