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AshaKiran and Huntsville Host Second Annual Community Kite Festival March 8

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – AshaKiran and the City of Huntsville will host
the second annual Community Kite Festival on March 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Jaycees Building and surrounding area, including John Hunt Park, on Airport Road.

The Ribbon Cutting and Opening Ceremonies start at 10:45 a.m. The public is invited to join 60 diverse organizations from throughout Huntsville that have gathered to celebrate and promote awareness and inclusiveness for a just world.

The theme for this year’s event is “Soar for Social Justice.” Attendees will learn of the many resources available to them while enjoying a festival atmosphere.

Last year’s Kite Festival had approximately 2,000 attendees.

The Community Kite Festival is a free event with music, entertainment, children’s activities, food vendors including Mexican and Indian food and sales vendors such as jewelry and crafts. Children’s activities include kite decorating, kite flying, face painting and clowns. Children can also have their ID cards made.

Burritt Museum and Huntsville Botanical Gardens will have fun crafts for the children to make and take home such as whirligigs and kites. You will be able to enjoy great entertainment and music for the whole family with DJ Self Esteem and Huntsville Drumline, Step It Up dance group, Celtic musicians and the Junior League Rainbow Rhythm Band.

Demonstrations of amazing kite flying will be offered, in addition to assistance for the novice and less experienced kite flyers. Participants can bring their own kites or kites can be purchased at the festival. The public is encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to comfortably enjoy the spectacular site of kites over the Huntsville skies.

Festival sponsors include the City of Huntsville Office of Multicultural Affairs, National Children’s Advocacy Center, Interfaith Mission Service, Leadership Huntsville Madison County, Botanical Gardens, Burritt Museum, 100 Black Men of America-Greater Huntsville Chapter, The Pinnacle Schools, Wells Fargo, Mental Health Center of Madison County, Hindu Cultural Center of North Alabama, Huntsville Islamic Center, United Way, GLBT Advocacy and Youth Services, UAH Women’s Studies, UAH Office of Diversity, Alabama A&M University, Drake Technical College and Huntsville City Schools as well as many others. A list of exhibitors is included.

AshaKiran, meaning a ray of hope, is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency that contributes towards creating a healthy and harmonious community. It fills a community need by providing culturally sensitive and confidential services to those who are experiencing crisis in the South Asian Community and beyond in the State of Alabama. AshaKiran partners with local agencies to make its services more accessible as well as provide a 24-hour hotline and an emergency shelter/safe home to those in need.