Balloon Glow 2011

In my opinion one of the best parts of the Balloon Fiesta is the Balloon Glow. You do not have to get up at 4:30 am as Balloon Glows are evening events. The traffic for afternoon events is often not quite as bad. Most important, the sight of the Balloons glowing in the autumn evening is really lovely.

This year we had rain during the Balloon Fiesta. The Special Shapes Rodeo and the Special Shapes Rodeo Glowdeo were both canceled because of rain. Fortunately, the weather for the last Balloon Glow of the Fiesta was gorgeous. Balloon crews began to inflate the balloons as the sun began to set.

Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011

Balloons inflating

Many people came to see the balloons, and I discovered what Santa Claus does in October!

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

Santa Claus at the Balloon Fiesta

The balloons inflated, and the pilots worked the burners, causing the balloons to glow.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

Octopus balloon

The balloons looked beautiful as they glowed against the sunset.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

Balloons glow against the sunset.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

More balloons against the sunset.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

Iwi the Kiwi and others

Here are several more photos from the Balloon Glow:

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

Butterfly

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

Balloon group

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

Airabelle

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

Balloon Glow

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

Balloon Glow

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

Haunted Mansion

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

Balloon Glow closeup

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow, October 7, 2011.

Zebra

There were dazzling fireworks after the Balloon Glow.

Here is a short video of the Balloon Glow and fireworks display:

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7 Comments

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7 responses to “Balloon Glow 2011

  1. spectacular! this has been on my bucket list for 30 years, Great Job!

  2. Cindy

    By far my favorite of the Balloon posts! Glow! Fireworks & no getting up early. Atmospheric & beautifully documented!

  3. What an awesome colourful post

  4. Thank you for your comments. I had a great time, as you can imagine. I was sort of unhappy to see Santa attending the Balloon Fiesta instead of working on my Christmas presents!😉

  5. Nice to hear the sounds of the festival and see the fireworks in motion.

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