20th annual ‘Kite Day’ coming to Haulover Park on Feb. 17

Colorful kites of all shapes and sizes will fill the skies over Haulover Park on Sunday, Feb. 17, from noon to 5 p.m., for the park’s 20th annual “Kite Day,” presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Skyward Kites.

This year’s event will spotlight “Kites of the Caribbean” — an exhibit by local kite makers representing the styles and traditions of Caribbean kite flyers from such countries as Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad.

Visitors will see a returning display of colossal kites, including a 150-foot rainbow, a 100-foot squid, a 30-foot scuba man and a 30-foot “Nemo” fish. The familystyle event also will feature free kite competitions and kite-building classes for all ages, as well as music, food and refreshments available for purchase.

Event-goers are encouraged to come out to fly their kites, attend a kite-making class and make their own paper kites for free.

Kites also will be available for purchase starting at $5. Kite competitions will include prizes for the best homemade kites, highest flying kites, prettiest kites, and kites with the longest tails. Those who just want to sit and watch the festivities may bring a blanket. Shoes with socks are recommended for running around on the grassy field.

Haulover Park is located at 10800 Collins Ave. Festival admission is free; parking is $6. For more information about Kite Day and other kiting activities at Haulover Park, contact Dan Ward at Skyward Kites, 305- 893-0906.

For directions and information about Haulover Park, visit

www.miamidade.gov/parks or call 305-947-3525.

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