The Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival in the World


The annual hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world with 750 balloons taking off all at once. It certainly makes for an amazing site, particularly when filmed and then speeded up into a time lapse.

The video above was filmed by Knate Myers who says:

Every year the city of Albuquerque host the largest hot air balloon event in the world, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Each morning begins very early as a group of 6-12 hot air balloons known as Dawn Patrol, ascent into the deep blue sky before sunrise. These skilled pilots test wind and weather conditions as other pilots and crew begin to lay out hundreds of balloons across the field.

Just a dawn begins to break, the next wave of balloons begin to lift off. When the sun rises above the Sandia Mountains it simultaneously fills the morning with beautiful light as the balloons fill the sky with color. The next 60-90 minutes are a great mix of fun and chaos as several hundred more balloons lift off, wave after wave.


h/t sploid