Balloon fiesta fills skies over Albuquerque

Hundreds of balloons lift off to mark the official start of the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta during the first mass ascension in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The nine-day event attracts hundreds of balloonists and thousands of spectators from around the world. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Mass Ascension for Balloon Fiesta went off Saturday morning with clear skies.

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A photo posted by David Jordan (@djordaninsta) on Oct 3, 2015 at 7:23am PDT

#balloonfiesta

A photo posted by David Jordan (@djordaninsta) on Oct 3, 2015 at 7:22am PDT


Airabelle…. #balloonfiesta #PictureABQ #trueabq

A photo posted by kalanicut (@kalanicutblog) on Oct 3, 2015 at 7:11am PDT

Balloon Festival 2015 #balloonfestival #balloonfestival2015 #balloonfiesta #newmexico #albuquerque

A photo posted by Audra (@faundroid) on Oct 3, 2015 at 7:12am PDT

Balloons galore. #balloonfiesta #massascension 🎈

A photo posted by Elizabeth Milks (@delvious) on Oct 3, 2015 at 7:12am PDT

🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵#albuquerqueinternationalballoonfiesta #balloonfiesta #hotairballoon

A photo posted by Rudy Acosta (@ruderoody) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:59am PDT

🎈🎈🎈🎈#hotairballoon #balloonfiesta #albuquerqueinternationalballoonfiesta

A photo posted by Rudy Acosta (@ruderoody) on Oct 3, 2015 at 7:01am PDT

#balloonfiesta in #albuquerque

A photo posted by Erik (@nonkinarikkun) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:58am PDT

#balloonfiesta #44thannual #abq #nm #hotair #balloon

A photo posted by Brian Norberto (@brncomm) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:59am PDT

#balloonfiesta #albuquerque #newmexico #hotairballoon #awesome

A photo posted by Jiro Akpobome, DDS (@jirotrom) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:42am PDT

#BalloonFiesta

A photo posted by lsrolls (@lsrolls) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:45am PDT

Good morning from the #albuquerque international #balloonfiesta! #balloonfiesta2015 #pictureabq #trueabq #visitabq

A photo posted by Visit Albuquerque CVB (@visitabq) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:41am PDT

Good morning from #balloonfiesta! @visitabq #pictureabq #trueabq #visitabq

A photo posted by Brenna Moore (@bmoorefree) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:33am PDT

🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈#hotairballoon #balloonfiesta #albuquerqueinternationalballoonfiesta

A photo posted by Rudy Acosta (@ruderoody) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:34am PDT

Good morning Albuquerque! #massascension #balloonfiesta

A photo posted by Christine Shover (@christineshover) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:34am PDT

Another shot 2015 #ADKBalloonfest #balloonfiesta #NYLovesFall

A photo posted by Stuart Williams (@sdwilliams081184) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:11am PDT

So many #hotairballoon #albuquerque #balloonfiesta #newmexico

A photo posted by Lyndall Herman (@lyniebell) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:17am PDT

Love is in the air! #JustMarried 👰🏼😘 #BalloonFiesta

A video posted by Balloon Fiesta (@balloonfiesta) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:16am PDT

Then they turned on the fire! #Albuquerque #BalloonFiesta #hotairballoons #hotairballoon

A video posted by Kerry Dean (@fortworth) on Oct 3, 2015 at 6:13am PDT


Dawn patrol🌄 #BalloonFiesta2015 #NewMexicoTrue

A photo posted by 5% Nutrition Sponsored Athlete (@lydia_valentine) on Oct 3, 2015 at 5:41am PDT

The green flag has been raised and dawn patrol is ready! #balloonfiesta2015 is officially underway!

A photo posted by Greg Mees (@meesgreg) on Oct 3, 2015 at 5:41am PDT

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