International Balloon Fiesta opens in Alburquerque

For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction which has taken place for more than three decades in the first week in October.

From its modest beginnings in 1972 with 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Balloon Fiesta has grown to multiple events launching year-round at the custom-designed, 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park.

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