With Grenada’s stunning blue skies and trade winds, the island is a perfect place for flying a kite. In fact, there is even a kite flying season on the island!
The homemade and designed kites, called Flex Kites or Mad Bull Kites, can be seen (and heard!) flying overhead throughout the month of March, leading up to Easter weekend. A traditional island kite, the hexagonal, elongated kite features a bowed top section that forms a “nose”. The line that tensions to the nose is where the hummer or “Mad Bull” is attached; made of tissue paper or cello-tape attached to the bowline, the Mad Bull “sings” by vibrating in the wind. Often compared to the sound of a toy airplane or mosquito, you can ofter hear a Mad Bull kite before you notice it in the sky.
With long tails made of knotted fabric, kites are commonly flown with with two tails, sometimes including a third if the kite is especially long. Kites are decorated with colorful plastic sheeting, allowing them to survive a dip in the sea or a quick passing rain shower. Bamboo is commonly used to make the kite, as it is flexible but stable. On 1500 – 2000 feet of line, the kites can fly incredibly high if the wind conditions are favorable.
Although you’ll see kites flying in the weeks up to Easter, a major day for the activity is Good Friday. Children can be seen all around the island putting up kites and tying them off, leaving them to fly for the next week. There are even competitions around the island over Easter weekend, the largest ones being held in Ft Jeudy and the Golf Course in Grand Anse, which make a great family outing. If you are in Grenada over the Easter weekend and would like to fly a kite, they are often available for sale on the roadside to purchase from children that make them for some extra money for their Easter school holidays.