People have been flying kites for two to three thousand years, starting, it is thought, in China and the Malay Peninsula. Kites have been used in military campaigns, to deliver messages, as religious talismans, and to pull carriages. After World War II, kiting enjoyed a renaissance in almost every culture, with flexi-wing, parafoil, and multi-line sport kites. Kiting is now celebrated in national and international competitions everywhere in the world.
For the last 37 years, Long Beach, Washington has been the home of the Washington State International Kite Festival, and we are here to enjoy the spectacle. For those of you who have been to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, you might notice some similarities, sort of a balloon fiesta off steroids and without corporate sponsorships. We saw people doing things with silk, sticks and string today that I wouldn’t have believed possible.
This guy was flying three kites, one in each hand and one from his hip. He could separate them and join them in the air. Beautiful!
We saw teams of four to six people practicing kite dancing. Couldn’t get good pics but it was amazing to watch. Don’t know how they kept from getting tangled up!
Glad we got to Ocean Park a few days early!