Albuquerque - New Mexico, American Football - Ball, American Football - Sport, Entertainment Event, Event
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - October 12, 2006: Two special shaped hot air balloons - the carousel and the football - rise in the morning sunshine at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - the largest such festival in the world. It started in 1972 and takes place in early October, lasting 9 days. Starting with just 21 balloons, the number rose to 1019 in 2000 and eventually had to be limited first to 750, then to 600. Over 100 pilots are from foreign countries. The carousel and football are two of the many popular shapes that particitpate - including a pig, eagle, American flag, cactus, bumble bees, space shuttle, chili ristra, football, daisy, locomotive and many others in addition to the standard hot air balloon envelope shapes.