• January 28th, 2023
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Albuquerque Celebrates Return of International Balloon Fiesta


The City of Albuquerque is ready to welcome back eager balloonists and spectators to Balloon Fiesta Park next month. After a hiatus last year for COVID-19, Mayor Keller and other city leaders announced plans to bring back Balloon Fiesta this year.


“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome everyone back to Balloon Fiesta Park next month for what is truly one of the most spectacular events in the world,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “I’m so grateful to our community for its commitment to keeping each other safe, and I can’t wait to see all the families enjoying this special time of year together.”


Throughout the pandemic, Balloon Fiesta Park has served as a critical location, offering widespread COVID-19 testing as well as opportunities for socially distanced recreation and activities. Over the past year, the City’s Parks and Recreation and Municipal Development Departments have stayed hard at work, making needed improvements to the park and surrounding area to improve the overall experience.


“While Balloon Fiesta will have some exciting new surprises this year, what we’re most looking forward to is getting back to the familiar event we know and love,” said Paul Smith, Executive Director, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. “We’re glad to have people back at Balloon Fiesta and enjoying the rest of what Albuquerque has to offer as well.”


While things will look familiar as Balloon Fiesta Park will once again fill with locals and visitors, there are important modifications and protocols in place to ensure a safe event. City departments are working together to make help keep residents and visitors safe from traffic control and public safety to park maintenance and clean up.


The Department of Arts and Culture will be hosting a number of events to celebrate the Balloon Fiesta, providing family fun during the nine-day event at a number of City facilities. Event information can be found at cultureabq.com.



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