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The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Crowded skies at the Washington Monument during the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
Crowded skies at the Washington Monument during the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Tree vs. kite at the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
Tree vs. kite at the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National World War II Memorial, as seen from from the top of the Washington Monument during the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The National World War II Memorial, as seen from from the top of the Washington Monument during the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
A shark kite seems to be stalking lunch during the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
A shark kite seems to be stalking lunch during the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Six-year-old Elee Cie of Silver Spring, Md. guides her kite aloft during the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
Six-year-old Elee Cie of Silver Spring, Md. guides her kite aloft during the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
A brisk wind made preparing a kite for flight more difficult than usual during the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
A brisk wind made preparing a kite for flight more difficult than usual during the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
The fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
A view from the top of the Washington Monument during the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015.
A view from the top of the Washington Monument during the fifth annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
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.
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. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)

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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