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Cool Video: Albuquerque Balloon Festival

Today’s Cool Site of the Day is a time lapse short film of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.

Every year the city of Albuquerque hosts 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 as dawn begins to break, the next wave of balloons begin to lift off. When the sun rises above the Sandia Mountains it 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.

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