Fly em’ high
Weehawken holds annual kite festival on waterfront
by Hannington Dia
Reporter Staff Writer
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Kites soared over the Weehawken Waterfront Complex Aug. 23 during the township's second of three Kite Nights this year. The first was held in spring and one more will be held in fall.

Parents and children flew all kite types, from drone-like kites to a parrot.

Love Rivera's kite eventually reached such an altitude that it darted to the ground, string wrapping around the field and other participants' feet. “It went really, really high, and all of a sudden, it just fell,” Rivera said as she began wrapping up the kite's mess. “It went really long.”

She came to the event with mother, Princess, who said they come each year.

Jose Alicea took almost 20 minutes to get his daughter's kite off the ground, due to strong winds. “I'm getting the hang of it,” he said, after handing the reins to his daughter. Motioning to an area closer to the Hudson River, he added, “That corner, for some reason, has more wind. So I started there and just walked around until I got it.”

Alicea, a Weehawken native, said he comes to Kite Night each year. “The Weehawken Recreational Department, they always do things like this for the kids,” he said.

A Weehawken man named Mahlon flew a Batman kite with his family nearby. “It great and fun for the kids,” he said.

Weehawken Recreation Coordinator Kate McMahon watched over the festivities, handing out additional kites to kids with broken ones.

She began organizing the festival around six years ago. “I had probably read about it in other communities, and I just thought, 'What a beautiful setting – the Weehawken waterfront,’ ” she said. “Just the fact that we have this big, open space. It's just a nice night for families to come out. We're lucky because we have a little wind tonight.”

Weehawken Councilwoman Mary Lavagnino came out to see the event for herself. “This is one of the events we planned for people to come down here during the summertime,” she said. “Enjoy the environment and have some fun. Everyone enjoys flying a kite. We're an old-fashioned type of town, actually.”

However, “flying a kite is timeless,” she added.

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