For several years now, I've been meaning to head out to check out this event, but each year I'd either miss it due to some or other commitments (i.e. violin lessons for many years, then it was summertime crunch project), or simply not knowing when it was on. This year, I finally managed to make it there!
The weather that day wasn't so flash though. Despite the event not starting until mid-late afternoon, the slightly chilly and overcast conditions which had hung over the city all day were still hanging around when things started (though by the end of the event, things had actually cleared up). It had originally been forecast to be a really hot and sunny day (28 deg C), but that never really eventuated.
After hanging around for about an hour, we made a retreat back to the car. The chilly sea breezes that day - amplified a bit by the fact that this was out by the coast - are something you'll often find when heading out to New Brighton, especially if you walk all the way out to the end of the pier. Although the windchill meant that I really regretted leaving my nice general-purpose wind/rain jacket at home that day, it did confirm one thing: New Brighton beach was the right place to hold the event that day, as the one thing kites need the most (wind) is the thing there was no shortage of!
One of the two large squid-like monsters - the blue one here - flies over the beach. Down below, there were these two interesting spikey geometric balls rolling around. These seemed to be relatively land-locked... Interesting specimens these...
A colourful fish kite
The giant orange crab frollicking in the wind
On shore, there were some buskers out and about in the amphitheatre/carpark area as part of the last weekend of the annual International Buskers Festival. They certainly drew quite a large crowd!
The crowd gathered to watch the buskers performing. Overhead, large kites soar...