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    Annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington D.C.

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     linilu12 watched as kites zoomed overhead during the Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall this weekend. "Everybody was looking up to the sky and if you weren't flying a kite, you were pointing at one that caught your attention," she said. Her favorites were a four-string kite and a colorful Japanese kite called a Rokkaku.
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    On Saturday, March 31 - Easter Weekend - Washington DC held it's annual Blossom Kite Festival on a beautiful sunny day. My family and I found out it is one of the most popular festivals in DC but as long time residents of the the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, we had never heard about it before, so decided to go with a friend who was equally clueless about the event.

     

    We had such a great time watching the throngs of people flying (and at times crashing) their kites. It was a lovely site and a great activity for the whole family. Everybody was looking up to the sky and if you weren't flying a kite, you were pointing at one that caught your attention. We really enjoyed the competitions, especially the Rokkaku battle and the tricks showdown. The Rokkakus are a traditional Japanese kite which are hexagonal in shape (six sides) but need a pretty good breeze to fly. The four string kite flyers were impressive. The pictures do not do justice to the event (especially with my camera and lens), but I tried to capure some of the fun, including the Kite-Doctor stand.

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