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Strange flying objects over Hermann Park cause quite a stir — and create a colorful scene

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An estimated 5,000 participants let their kites soar above Hermann Park during the Hermann Park Conservancy's first annual kite festival. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Everyone tried their hand at the sport, including the young... Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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...and the young at heart. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Face painting always makes everyone smile. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Bring on the hoola hoop action! Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Participants interacted with friendly "guests"... Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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...ran and played so hard they almost left the ground... Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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...while others tried their very, very best. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Food trucks lined up for hungry fest-goers. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Ribbon kites danced. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Colorful kites glowed. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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And everyone marveled as this giant fish kite took to the sky. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Houston Rocket team members staged a booth for the team. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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The train circled the kite festival. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Some people, and their "best friends," relaxed and enjoyed the day. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Musical groups took to the stage throughout the event. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Saint Arnold's Brewery volunteers gave away free suds of the root beer variety. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Butterfly kites fluttered about. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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She sees the kite... Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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...and many, many more. Photo by Jean Miracle-Whitaker/Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy
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Saturday's breezes uplifted more than 5,000 fun-loving spirits at the Hermann Park Conservancy's first annual kite festival in Hermann Park.

The spectacular turnout of young and old and in between fest-goers and park visitors filled the skies with kites of all shapes and sizes, from floating butterflies to dancing ribbon kites to giant flying fish. The free event is just one of many scheduled this year to salute Hermann Park's centennial.

Families brought their own kites, members of the South Houston Area Recreational Kiters displayed their acrobatic kite-flying skills and United Airlines representatives hosted a friendly contest with winners in several categories, including smallest kite and most unique kite.

The Waffle Bus, Custom Confections and Tila's Tacos Truckeria food trucks were on hand to feed the hungry crowd, and the Houston Public Media Kids Zone offered crafts, kite making and more activities. Volunteers from The Orange Show for Visionary Art, Asia Society Texas and the Alley Theatre led the children-centric recreation.

In addition to flying kites, participants enjoyed face painting, hoola hooping, musical performances and more.

Morgan Garvey and Paul-David Van Atta chaired the successful day.

Let's take a look through the slide show for just some of the spring action on Miller Hill and around the Jones Reflection Pool.

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