Kites soar high above the flags at the base of the Washington Monument during the annual kite festival on the Mall. After 44 years of Smithsonian Institution sponsorship, this was the first year the kite festival was an event sponsored by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which began March 26 and ended Sunday. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Kites soar high above the flags at the base of the Washington Monument during the annual kite festival on the Mall. After 44 years of Smithsonian Institution sponsorship, this was the first year the kite festival was an event sponsored by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which began March 26 and ended Sunday. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)