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Cherry Blossom Kite Flying Tradition Moves Off National Mall for 2021

Here's how you can participate in the National Cherry Blossom Festival's kite flying celebration, altered for 2021

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It’s another longstanding cherry blossom tradition that’s getting adapted for the pandemic: The annual spring kite festival is moving off the National Mall and into D.C. residents’ neighborhood parks.

Dubbed the Blossom Kite Fly for 2021, residents are encouraged to participate in a local park. Look for one with wide-open spaces and few trees or power lines.

Register online through Saturday and you can pick up a free kite at the Anacostia Arts Center.

You can also check out the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s tutorials on designing and building your own kite — making this a perfect weekend activity for families with kids.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival asks you to tag #BlossomKiteFly and #StepIntoSpring. Plus, tag @nbcwashington on Twitter and Instagram or email for a chance to be featured.

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