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After traffic troubles, city leader seeks changes at Balloon Fiesta


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The International Balloon Fiesta is one of Albuquerque’s biggest events, and with it comes big crowds. However when all those crowds leave, Balloon Fiesta Park sees big traffic jams.This weekend, traffic congestion went on for miles and made a lot of drivers frustrated.

“The pressure of getting that many cars […]

Balloon Fiesta attendance leaves traffic at standstill

By Hawa Konte

By Hawa Konte Published: October 11, 2014, 12:22 pm Updated: October 11, 2014, 12:46 pm 2Click to share on Twitter Click to share on Google+ 203Share on Facebook Click to share on Pinterest Stage Coach, Balloon Fiesta KRQE

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officials say attendance was so good at Balloon Fiesta Saturday that […]

Gorgeous weather welcomes Balloon Fiesta mass ascension

The green flag went up early Saturday morning for mass ascension on the final weekend of the 2014 Balloon Fiesta.

After the balloons go up, there’s still a lot going on at Balloon Fiesta Park. Pin trading starts at 11 a.m. Country fans will love Music Fiesta this year, as Josh Turner and friends […]

Balloon Fiesta final Saturday

Balloon Fiesta Saturday


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Balloon Fiesta mass ascension lifted off to ideal conditions Saturday morning as light winds pushed balloons north of the field.

According to the Albuquerque Police Department and Balloon Fiesta officials due to the large turnout, all Balloon Fiesta parking lots were full and traffic also was at […]

Balloon Fiesta a chance for Albuquerque to shine and soar

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The countless pictures taken of Albuquerque’s balloon fiesta and the millions of words written about it have painted a wonderful picture of our premier event. We won’t try to add to those stories. However, there are a couple of other angles about the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta we would like to explore.


How did special shape balloons arrive at Fiesta?

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — Special shapes are easily the most popular part of Balloon Fiesta, but they haven’t always been a part of the big event.So just how did special shapes come to be, and when did they finally arrive at Fiesta?

Historians at the the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum say it was a […]

Ballooning community honors late hot air balloon pilot

A pilot, who has been flying at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta since 1977, died this week. Friday morning, Gary Tarter’s friends made sure to honor him in true hot air balloon pilot fashion.

It’s easy to get excited about the new balloons and pilots at fiesta, but today was about remembering one of […]

Special Shapes fill NM sky Friday at Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta Friday

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The 43rd annual International Balloon Fiesta continues. It’s going to be a fun-filled weekend as students enjoy fall break and another Special Shapes Rodeo is a go Friday morning.

Couple celebrate wedding by lifting off at Balloon Fiesta


Thursday, two people crawled into a gondola at Balloon Fiesta Park and took off together – scared to death, until death do they part.

“I’m here at Balloon Fiesta to marry the love of my life,” Randy Paul said. Who is that? Brenda McClain, who was also working on a few things Thursday […]

Weather cooperates for Thursday morning Fiesta

morning Fiesta ABQnews Seeker Balloon Fiesta Updates From The Field Special shape balloons launch from Balloon Fiesta Park Thursday morning. (Donn Friedman/Journal)

A Spanish team took first place in the gas balloon race traveling 1,188 miles and remaining airborne for 53 hours and 27 minutes eventually landing west of Findlay, Ky. according to unofficial results […]