Albuquerque Ballon Festival-INFO ONLY


THIS WILL BE MY SECOND YEAR GOING AND I CAN'T WAIT! THIS IS A AWESOME EVENT JUST TO WITNESS, LET ALONE CAPTURE IN PICTURES.
ANYONE INTERESTED IN GOING YOU CAN HOLLER AT ME, I'M CHECKING HOTELS/ RATES NOW.

Balloon Glows
Twilight Twinkle Glow™ / Balloon Glow / Night Magic Glow™
The events now known as balloon glows were invented in Albuquerque in 1979, when local pilots inflated balloons on Christmas Eve night as a thank you to local residents. The sight of balloons lit from within at night like giant holiday ornaments is breathtaking, and glow events are now held all over the world. Balloon Fiesta launched its Balloon Glow the world's biggest in 1987. Fiesta Glow all burns when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time are perhaps the most spectacular single moment in all of Balloon Fiesta. The Balloon Glows followed by New Mexico's most spectacular fireworks displays - are now among Balloon Fiesta's most popular events.

Mass Ascensions, a launch of all the participating balloons have been a feature of Balloon Fiesta since its earliest days and is the most spectacular display of sound and color in all of aviation. During mass ascensions, balloons launch in two waves. Launch directors, also known as zebras because of their black-and-white-striped outfits, serve as traffic cops, coordinating the launch so balloons leave the field in a safe and coordinated manner. Weather permitting, balloons begin to launch at about 7:15 AM on mass ascension days, led by a balloon flying the American flag to the strains of The Star Spangled Banner.

http://www.balloonfiesta.com/

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  • Darrell M.

    The family is heading out to the balloon festival this weekend for the first time. We can't wait.

    October 4, 2013

  • Dan

    so use a shuttle vs driving? is there a specific location to get the shuttle?

    Thanks,

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Must be on the field at least once when the balloons take off. Hopefully just blue skies and bright balloons. Pick up a shuttle for convenience.

    September 29, 2013

  • Dan

    if anyone has done this before where is a good site to setup for picture taking?

    September 29, 2013

  • Dan

    My wife and I are planning to go to this event. This will be our first time.

    1 · June 25, 2013

    • GUTHREE

      You'll love it. I always do. Note: it might be a little chilly in NM around that time of year. Just FYI, last year at a launch it was 45 degrees. Brrrrr.

      September 15, 2013

    • Dan

      Thanks for the heads up.

      1 · September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have friends in Albuquerque and will be staying with them!!

    1 · June 25, 2013

    • GUTHREE

      That will be cool. The hotels can fill up pretty fast as it gets closer to event time.

      June 25, 2013

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