Saturday, October 6, 2012

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque, New Mexico International Balloon fiesta. (October 2007)
photo by Danae Hurst from Albuquerque, United States (Wikimedia Commons)
The annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta launched today in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world; it's also claimed to be the most photographed event in the world. Balloon festivals tend to take place during the Autumn months and October in Albuquerque provides the ideal climatic conditions for hot air ballooning. Many other hot air balloon festivals are held world-wide, but Albuquerque's is particularly interesting because of certain traditions that have been maintained since its inaugural launching in 1972, namely the Roadrunner/Coyote race. For other interesting trivia regarding the Albuquerque Intl Balloon Fiesta, try your hand at the It's the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Quiz. Even having grown up in Albuquerque and witnessing the very first balloon fiesta in 1972, I still didn't know many of the answers!
2011 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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