We (Dave & Nancy, Corbin & Flora plus Stella and I met Jim & Nancy and Kevin and Nelly on So. Padre Island for the Kite Fest that is being held there this weekend. We had come down a couple of years ago for what we thought was the last time, but they have started it again.
Here is what we saw when we arrived, a lot of static kites including figures and characters. It reminded me somewhat of the Balloon festival in Albuquerque New Mexico.
This was one of many trick and performance kites that we saw today. They were very skilled and some of their moves were absolutely breathtaking. This was a group of four kites that "walked" along the ground, flew up to form circles and then separated and flew apart, much like trick airplanes like the Navy Blue Angels.
This large kite spun around in a circle on it's string. I don't know how they do this without getting the strings all tangled up, but they make it look easy. They moved too fast to get it on video and it was interesting to watch the "kiters" as they controlled their kites. It seemed to be quite a workout to perform as they do.
We saw several figure kites including an octopus and several other cool-looking kites.
I'm sure that there were several thousand people here today and the weather was just about perfect, cool in the morning and warming up during the day. As you can see, not a cloud in the sky. The only problems that we noticed was very long lines to the Porta-Cans and traffic/parking. I know that So. Padre Island has a very small Police Dept. and they do the best they can but it could use some improvement.
After leaving the Fest, we traveled back across the Queen Isabella Bridge to Port Isabel where we went to Dirty Al's Pelican Station for lunch. Just as the last time, we had a delicious lunch and a great time with our friends.