2024 Kite Fest Louisiane soars through West Baton Rouge Parish

PORT ALLEN, La. (BRPROUD) – The only kite festival held in Louisiana took place over the weekend. The 19th annual Kite Festival flew into Port Allen for two days.

The festival brought together dozens of residents in the state and some from across the country to witness unique kites, firework shows, and more. Professional kite flyers in Port Allen and many other states take part every year.

Jason Wheeler, of the Emerald Coast Kite Flyers Club said he travels from Florida each time to be a part of the festivities. “We’ve been doing this festival for over ten years now and we always come and help out,” said Wheeler.

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Large kites with different shapes and colors were brought out to be shown off by different kite teams. Many of the children who come out are enjoying the shows, smiling ear to ear and flying their own decorated kites.

Kite Fest Executive Director, Katherine Gautreau, said her favorite thing to see is the children laughing and playing. “It’s so good to see a child having such a good time and doing something besides watching TV and playing on the iPhone. Flying the kites and they’re amazed when they get up in the sky,” said Gautreau.

Many of the festival goers said that it’s the atmosphere and shows that draws them to come back every year. “Love coming out here. There’s a good excitement going on. We’ve got the big show kites that put up a big party atmosphere,” said Bryan Wagstaff, member of Sky Riders.

Some residents said that they enjoy the family fun of Kite Fest as it brings the community together. “It’s local. It’s like everybody coming together as a family and surrounding and have a good time,” said festival-goer Brennan Williams.

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