A Kalei­do­scope Of Spring Col­ors

The Washington Post Sunday - - Metro -

Cherry blos­soms and kites turned Wash­ing­ton’s gray and gran­ite monumental core into a swarm of pur­ples, pinks and rain­bows yes­ter­day.

The co­in­cid­ing of the Na­tional Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val’s open­ing and the an­nual Smith­so­nian Kite Fes­ti­val brought tens of thou­sands to the Mall, where stream­ers flut­tered and a river of ma­chine-made bub­bles widened chil­dren’s eyes.

Cherry blos­soms are ex­pected to be at peak bloom to­day. The fes­ti­val will run un­til April 15.

BY MARVIN JOSEPH — THE WASH­ING­TON POST

BY BILL O’LEARY — THE WASH­ING­TON POST

Fan­ci­ful kites color the sky above the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment dur­ing the 41st an­nual Smith­so­nian Kite Fes­ti­val, left. Low-hang­ing blos­soms reach out to vis­i­tors at the Tidal Basin dur­ing the Na­tional Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val, above.

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