Thousands gather at Zilker Park for ABC Kite Fest 2022

Jimmy Glauser launches a colorful squid kite at the ABC Kite Fest in Zilker Park on Sunday. Founded as a kite contest in 1929, the annual tradition returned to Zilker for its 93rd year after pandemic disruptions.

Mario Treviño claimed he felt like a kid once more Sunday as he held on to the line of his kite. 

Treviño experienced his a few grandkids’ entire notice as they watched their grandpa hold their kite, which was in the shape of a area shuttle, up in the air for several minutes. 

“This is the initial time I do this in years,” Treviño explained. “The very last time I did this I was a teen in Laredo, Texas. Now I am displaying my grandkids how to do this.” 

Treviño and his spouse and children ended up between countless numbers of persons — and their kites of various designs and dimensions — who flocked to Zilker Park for the 93rd annual ABC Kite Fest.

The beloved Austin competition every year welcomed more than 40,000 people to watch thousands of vibrant kites in excess of the park for a kite showcase and contest, a children’s concert, local foodstuff and other amusement. When the coronavirus pandemic struck in 2020, the event was canceled. Previous year, party organizers urged residents to fly kites, while preserving social distance, at their Austin neighborhood parks to avert the spread of the virus. 

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Ella Rodas holds a kite in the wind for a relative Sunday.

The occasion Sunday featured contests for the steadiest kite and the greatest kite pilot and a prize for the most uncommon kite, amid other groups. Proceeds from the competition benefit Communities in Educational institutions of Central Texas and the Moss Pieratt Foundation, which aims to raise funds and recognition to obtain a induce or remedy for unexpected, unexplained fatalities in young children more than the age of 12 months.