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Day 5 balloons take to the sky

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Balloons taking part in Wednesday's mass ascension lift off from the field. (Greg Peretti/Journal)

Balloons taking part in Wednesday’s mass ascension lift off from the field. (Greg Peretti/Journal)

9:45 a.m.
Many balloons that launched Wednesday morning drifted north towards Rio Rancho. Rio Rancho police said there were no reports of accidents or hard landings this morning.

8:35 a.m.
Balloons are drifting northwest of Balloon Fiesta Park. Some are landing in the Corrales area.

8:06 a.m.
There are about 50 balloons still waiting to launch from the field.

7:10 a.m.
Mass ascension is lifting off the field.

6:40 a.m.
Officials are flying the green flag at Balloon Fiesta Park, signaling Wednesday’s balloon launch is a go.

6:37 a.m.
There are very light winds blowing towards the south and the river valley, according to officials at the pilot’s briefing.

6:25 a.m.
The Parabatix Sky Racers are back today after balloon launch. They show starts at 9 a.m.

6:05 a.m.
The laser show has started at Balloon Fiesta Park.

5:58 a.m.
Winds look good for this morning’s balloon launch, according to Balloon Fiesta officials.

5:44 a.m.
Balloons taking part in Dawn Patrol are starting to inflate on the field.

5:35 a.m.
There is little traffic entering Balloon Fiesta Park.

4:55 a.m.
Winds are currently coming from the east at 3 mph, it’s partly cloudy and 50 degrees at Albuquerque International Sunport, according to the National Weather Service.


Todays’s Balloon Fiesta schedule:

Morning Session
6:00 a.m. – Dawn Patrol Show
6:00 a.m. – Laser Light Show
6:30 a.m. – Morning Glow
7:00 a.m. – Flight of the Nation’s Mass Ascension
8:30 a.m. – Chainsaw Carving Invitational until 11 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – Parabatix Sky Racers

No evening session Wednesday

Getting there

Traffic is expected to be heavy on I-25 northbound and southbound, and on Tramway and Alameda approaching Balloon Fiesta Park. Check our Balloon Fiesta traffic map for current traffic speeds.

There is no Park & Ride on Wednesday.

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