This past Saturday, January 8th, 2011, the Minnesota Kite Society and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board held the 10th Annual Winter Kite Festival on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. It was a perfect day for it too. The weather cooperated nicely with clear blue skies and a light breeze.
I wanted to ride on the lake, but Minneapolis frowns on that sort of thing, so I ended up riding here instead.
The DNR ran an ice fishing demo in a house similar to this one:
The event ran from noon until 4pm. We arrived around 1pm and the big kites really started to go up at about 2pm. We walked across the lake. It was a really nice day out.
We were bundled up, and didn’t feel the cold. Motorcycle pants make great snow pants. Wind proof and insulated! This guy didn’t seem cold either.
There were all sorts of kites flying.
Green ones that look like dragons
huge, massive kites
This one was our favorite. Look how small the people are in the lower right
My wife liked this squid kite a lot too. It was also very large.
This was another of my favorites.
It was very high up, and looked tiny. It was also a big one.
Hundreds of people showed up
At one point I counted nearly thirty kites in the sky at once. It was an incredible sight.
The DJ in his festive hat.
I made a short YouTube Video. I think it is one of my best so far. Enjoy!