This year marks the first annual Blossom Kite Festival, part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Previously known as the Smithsonian Kite Festival, the festival featured an array of both kites, windsocks and brightly coloured drogues.
For the first 44 years, starting in 1967, the Smithsonian Associates and National Air and Space Museum sponsored the annual kite festival on the National Mall. This year marks its first as the annual Blossom Kite Festival, as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival displayed both kites and drogues (also known as windsocks). Drogues are sometimes flown on their own and other times flown behind a kite to add drag. The Washington Monument served as a backdrop for the day. The Kite Festival was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 27th but was postponed due to a threat of snow. The Festival was almost postponed once again; it would have been unable to proceed if the US Federal Government had shutdown due to the budget disagreement on Saturday since permits for using Federal grounds would no longer have been valid and National Monuments such as the Washington Monument would have been closed off.