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Green flag for Friday evening Special Shape Glowdeo

A propane burner heats the air in a hot air balloon in preparation for launch at Balloon Fiesta Park during Thursday morning’s mass ascension. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Update 6:00 p.m.

Balloon Fiesta officials are flying the green flag at Balloon Fiesta Park signaling tonight’s Special Shape Glowdeo is a go.

Thursday night’s Special Shapes Glowdeo was canceled due to strong wind on the field, but Balloon Fiesta officials said they will honor those tickets for any of the remaining morning or evening sessions. There is a glow scheduled for this evening, a morning launch and evening glow scheduled for tomorrow, and a final morning launch Sunday.

11:15 a.m.

Friday morning’s Balloon Fiesta Special Shape Rodeo launched into clear skies and gentle winds.

Many of the balloons that lifted off from the field shortly after 7 a.m. drifted southward landing in various spots throughout the city.

Other balloons that launched offsite to the north of the park drifted southward over the field to either take place in the flying competition or land.

The Journal recorded this morning’s launch live. Watch a replay below:

Check out pictures and videos from throughout this year’s fiesta.


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