Kites Soar Over the National Mall During the 2013 Blossom Kite Festival

Thousands headed outside to watch the skies at the 2013 Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall.

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Thousands headed outside Saturday to watch the skies at the Blossom Kite Festival at the National Mall.
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The Blossom Kite Festival took place Saturday, March 30 near the Washington Monument grounds.
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The event was free as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
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Kite fliers from across the U.S. and other countries were on the mall Saturday, competing in a variety of competitions and sharing demonstrations.
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The Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle were popular.
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The National Monument has seen better days. Tthanks to August 2011's earthquake, it's now covered in scaffolding during repairs.
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The Blossom Kite Festival featured five areas to enjoy: the Competition & Demonstration Field, the Family Field, the Kite Club Display Area, activity tents and the Public Field.
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Master kite fliers were on hand to synchronize the movement of their kites into fancy formations and figures to music.
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All attendees were welcome to fly kites on the Blossom Kite Festival’s public field.
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This penguin was a popular kite.
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Flying a kite can be frustrating... especially when the wind's not cooperating.
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