Paper and string are all it takes to get airborne Sunday in Gilbert.
The ninth annual Basant Mela Kite Flying Festival, held at Crossroads Park, encourages people of all ages to try the leisurely pastime.
Adults and children can fly kites of all shapes and sizes at the event, which is named for an Indian and Pakistani celebration of spring. Helpers in neon vests will assist novices in getting kites off the ground, keeping them up in the air and taking them higher and higher into the sky.
Simple, ultra-light paper kites from Pakistan are available for $5, or you can bring your own kite. A deejay will provide music, and vendors will sell pizza, Pakistani food (such as samosas and biryani), jewelry, clothing and Henna tattoos.
The event is hosted by Pakistan Information and Culture Organization, a Valley nonprofit cultural awareness and volunteer group.
DETAILS >> 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Crossroads Park, 2155 E. Knox Road, Gilbert. Free admission. (480) 586-1840 or www.pakistaninformation.org.