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    Dancing Kites Brighten East Bay Sky
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    Kites fill the air at the Berkeley Kite Festival (July 31, 2016).

    Vibrant octopuses and dancing fish took over the East Bay on Sunday afternoon in the form of kites.

    The flying toys filled the air as part of the 31st annual Berkeley Kite Festival, a free family event that brings together any and all for a weekend of staring into the sky, admiring an array of kites soaring in the wind, according to the festival's website.

    Despite lingering fog, about 35,000 people attended the two-day festival at Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, organizers said.

    The festival features kite battles, kite making and flying lessons, according to the festival's website. A yearly fan favorite is the Candy Drop, during which 500 pounds of candy is dropped from kites.

    The festival founder said more than 3,000 kites were donated to children by event sponsors.

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