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Pictures: Friday’s balloons take to the skies

CLICK TO VIEW: To honor the 45th anniversary of Balloon Fiesta, the Journal took a trip back in time through the paper's archives to unearth some of the best black-and-white photographs shot by Journal photographers between 1972 and 1991.

CLICK TO VIEW: To honor the 45th anniversary of Balloon Fiesta, the Journal took a trip back in time through the paper’s archives to unearth some of the best black-and-white photographs shot by Journal photographers between 1972 and 1991.




 


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Today’s Schedule

Morning Session

6:00 – Dawn Patrol, Laser Light Show

7:00 – Special Shape Rodeo™ Balloon Launch

8:00 – New Mexico Buick GMC Dealers Flying Competition

8:30-11:30 – AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations

Evening Session

1:30 to 5:00 – AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

6:00 – Special Shape Glowdeo, Laser Light Show

8:00 – Fireworks Show, presented in part by the Albuquerque Journal

Getting there

Traffic is expected to be heavy on I-25 northbound and southbound, and on Tramway and Alameda approaching Balloon Fiesta Park.

Park & Ride will be running. Here are the locations:

East Side

– Airport Parking I-25 & Sunport located at 1501 Aircraft Avenue SE, follow signs off of Aircraft Avenue.
– Hoffmantown Church – 8888 Harper Road NE, Park in the northeast lot only.
– Coronado Mall – 6600 Menaul Boulevard NE, park in the southwest corner near San Pedro.

West Side

– Intel (southern parking lot) – Highway 528/Rio Rancho Blvd. Enter the Park & Ride lot at either Westside Blvd. or 21st street and follow the signs.
– Cottonwood Mall (northeast parking lot) – located at 10000 Coors Bypass near Seven Bar Loop.

Park & Ride prices
Same-day purchase at Park & Ride locations. Balloon Park admission and service charge is included.
– Adults (13-61) – $22
– Seniors (62 and older) – $20
– Children (6-12) – $10
– Children (5 and under) – Free

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