Flying High at D.C.’s Blossom Kite Festival (photos)

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Joyce Zhu of Shanghai, China, flies her kite on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Photo by Jeff Malet.

Thousands of kite enthusiasts assembled on the grounds of the Washington Monument on Saturday, March 30, for the Blossom Kite Festival, an annual event that is a highlight of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

Professionals and novices alike could show off their kite-flying skills through a variety of competitions and demonstrations. Children were kept busy at activity stations under the supervision of the National Park Service.

Nearby, at the Tidal Basin, the cherry blossoms, encouraged by the unseasonably warm weather that day, were approaching peak-bloom status.

View Jeff Malet’s photos from the Blossom Kite Festival by clicking on the photo icons below.

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