HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA - SPECIAL SHAPES

From a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week in October, the Balloon Fiesta now attracts almost 600 balloons and 1000 pilots.

Bob Romaneschi

Bob Romaneschi

Each year the event spectators grow remarkably, attracting hundreds of thousands of guest each year along with more media coverage and viewers from home. From it’s humble beginnings in a mall parking lot it now has permanent site that is over 350 acres.

It is estimated that more than 25 million still photographs are taken of the Balloon Fiesta, repeatedly earning it the title “the world’s most photographed event.”

Jeff Haliczer

Jeff Haliczer

The Balloon Fiesta has not only grown in numbers of balloons and guests, but in the number of unique events as well. In addition to the spectacular Mass Ascensions, the Balloon Fiesta has added an annual Balloon Glow, Night Magic Glow, and the very popular Special Shape Rodeo

The “Special Shape Rodeo” is such a hit with onlookers they have four events dedicated strictly to special shapes. This includes the “Special Shape Glowdeo” where the balloons are lit up with lights in the evening.

Gary Moore

Gary Moore

This year’s shapes including everything from Van Gogh, to Yoda, hugging bears and astronauts! Take a look at some of the imaginative and incredible participants from 2018 in the carousal below, watch an amazing time lapse of the live action from 2013 in the video below!

INFORMATION SOURCE ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA

“Balloon Fiesta is very proud of our 2018 field of Special Shape balloons and we wanted to share with everyone, enjoy!”

Find more information about the festival here: https://balloonfiesta.com/