Well over a thousand young people and their families came to OB to just “fly a kite” on Saturday, March 7th , at the OB Elementary School and Recreation Center for the 61st Annual Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival and Parade.
It was open to all ages. Kids and adults got to make their own kites—some flew and some didn’t. But everybody had fun. The competition was split up into ten categories, by age and school grade. The winners got certificates and ice cream coupons from Lighthouse Ice Cream and Yogurt. Prizes were awarded for “most colorful”, “best theme” and “most creative”.
There were also a crafts fair, carnival and llama rides. Young musicians from the School of Rock played, along with a band called Beer Feat. It was loud. Small space + big amps equals headache. We skipped the free hot dogs and went over to Azucar, a Cuban style patisserie. We had a pastry called a Divina and it lived up to its name; it truly was divine.
Everyone marched from OB elementary down Santa Monica Street to the beach. There were lots of people along the way cheering us on. When we got to the beach, everybody started flying their kites. There were lots of dogs, some gymnasts and everybody was having fun.
Haley is almost 13 and attends the San Diego School for the Creative and Performing Arts.