Hundreds of hot air balloons light up the sky at the world’s largest festival

Hundreds of brightly coloured hot air balloons soared across the New Mexico sky last week as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta drew to a close.

With the event cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the eight-day festival welcomed back hundreds of balloons to Balloon Fiesta Park, in the Wildflower Area of New Mexico’s largest city.

The Rio Grande Valley provided an otherworldly backdrop for the festivities, which saw 671 pilots take to the skies.

As well as balloon displays, scheduled events included chainsaw carving, fireworks, sky divers, musical stage performances and a strolling mariachi band.

First held in 1972, the festival began as an attempt to record the largest gathering of hot air

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