The sky was blue: the wind just right to have a kite soar to the highest height! Sunday, June 7th brought the 11th Annual Kite Festival to the East River Park for the first time. There were many booths for kite crafting, in addition to three bouncy houses plus t-shirt and food vendors . Although this event is a successful fundraiser for PS 132 the festival is more about “Getting the whole community together!” said Yvonne Garguilo, the parent coordinator of PS 132.
Assemblyman Joe Lentol took the stage and asked, “Is everybody flying a kite?” and welcomed the Kite Festival to East River Park. The Mr. Lentol was instrumental in getting this festival on this site. The festival originated at McCarren Park in its first five years and then moved to the Citi Storage site for the next five years. January’s fire at that site, made it necessary to find a new spot, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better one.
As the day progressed more kites and cheer filled the air. Comments from “Daddy I need your help, I’m all tangled.” to “Hey look at me I’m flying!” were said with the same level of glee. As a song written by Johnny Burke says, “Go fly a kite and tie your troubles to the tail. They’ll be blown away by a merry gale.”