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The 44th Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival

Crowds of people gather at the National Mall for hours of aerodynamic entertainment.

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Kites dot the sky on the National Mall for the 44th Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival.

Kites dot the sky on the National Mall for the 44th Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival.1Picture by Alex JosephA row of flags with fish kites hanging down designates the area reserved for hardcore kite-fliers.2Picture by Alex JosephTo go along with the marine theme, a giant kite featuring fish and sharks soars through the sky.3Picture by Alex JosephKite lovers learn how to make their own kites at booths around the Mall.4Picture by Alex JosephA space shuttle kite flies by, chosen aptly due to the festival's proximity to the National Air and Space Museum.5Picture by Alex JosephBoat kites are some of the popular kites this year.6Picture by Alex JosephA butterfly kite tent stands for children to play under.7Picture by Alex JosephThose who do not choose to fly kites relax under the blooming cherry blossoms.8Picture by Alex JosephSome people sit back and enjoy the beautiful day in the crowded area surrounding the Washington Monument.9Picture by Alex JosephMany people saw the festival as the perfect opportunity for a picnic.10Picture by Alex JosephThe Washington Monument provides a scenic backdrop for leisurely kite-flying.11Picture by Alex JosephPeople of all ages gather across the Mall to fly kites of all kinds.12Picture by Alex JosephPeople who choose not to fly kites line up to ride on the carousel.13Picture by Alex Joseph

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