Day 1: Pictures and video of Balloon Fiesta 2017
Hot air balloons prepare to launch on the first day of the 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)
Hundreds of balloons took off from Balloon Fiesta Park Saturday, kicking off the 9-day festival. It was crisp and clear, and many of the balloons drifted south before landing.
Pictures: Morning mass ascension
Pictures: Evening glow and fireworks