Day 1: Pictures and video of Balloon Fiesta 2017

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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

Videos

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The fireworks show on opening day of this years Balloon Fiesta went off with out a hitch Saturday evening. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

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Balloons lit up as dusk fell over Balloon Fiesta park Saturday night. The glow was the first of the 9-day festival. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

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Balloons lit up as dusk fell over Balloon Fiesta park Saturday night. The glow was the first of the 9-day festival. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

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Balloons light up as dusk falls over Balloon Fiesta Park Saturday night. The glow was the first of the nine-day festival. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

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Balloons lit up as dusk fell over Balloon Fiesta park Saturday night. The glow was the first of the nine-day festival. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

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Balloons lit up as dusk fell over Balloon Fiesta park Saturday night. The glow was the first of the 9-day festival. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

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Balloons lit up as dusk fell over Balloon Fiesta park Saturday night. The glow was the first of the 9-day festival. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

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Balloons lit up as dusk fell over Balloon Fiesta park Saturday night. The glow was the first of the 9-day festival. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

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The fireworks show on opening day of this years Balloon Fiesta went off with out a hitch Saturday evening. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

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Peter Cuneo, foreground, and Barbara Fricke take off from the field at Balloon Fiesta park Saturday afternoon. The pair represented New Mexico in this year's gas balloon race. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

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