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2015 Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, DC

Landboarder Lon Phan of Silver Spring, Md., is silhouetted against the sun as takes to the air in front of the Washington Monument in the early minutes of the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — A brisk wind kept the temperature down and the kites up Saturday as the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival attracted a big crowd to the grounds of the Washington Monument.

The event is part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs through April 15. This year's blossoms have gotten a late start as the result of a cold winter; as of Saturday, the official estimate from the festival's website was that the peak bloom will take place April 11-14.

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The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
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