Eight Days of Balloons

For eight of nine days the sun shone through the clouds on Balloon Fiesta Park, welcoming more than 500 hot air balloons and 1,000 pilots to the 47th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The fiesta battled wind and rain this year, as it usually does under an October sky, but even the rain could not dampen the spirits of pilots, balloon enthusiasts and novice fiesta-goers alike.

Fat Tuesday in the District

WASHINGTON, DC — Who needs New Orleans when Mardi Gras comes to you? Hundreds of people flocked to District Pier in southern Washington, D.C. Tuesday night to celebrate Mardi Gras. French for “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras is a yearly celebration before Ash Wednesday — the commencement of the Lent, a Christian fasting period lasting 40 days.

First Mass Ascension Balloon Fiesta 2017 Attracts Thousands

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Thousands of people gathered to watch the first Mass Ascension of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on Saturday, Oct. 7. Excited but sleepy-eyed children, families, friends, lovers and the balloons’ pilots and crews dispersed across the park in the early morning silence.

The quiet didn’t last long — the sky soon began to light up with the occasional burst of light from the propane fire under a balloon as it drifted up, up and away.

Japanese Obon festival

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Albuquerque BioPark and Botanic Garden hosted the Annual Obon Festival on Aug. 10, as a part of the Garden’s Summer Night concert series. Otherwise known as the Festival of Souls, Obon is a Japanese celebration held to honor one’s ancestors. Early in the evening, event attendees were taught how to design and build traditional Japanese lanterns, which were sent floating along the Rio Grande River throughout the evening. When celebrated in Japan, each region holds different dances and variations of the celebration to honor the spirits of passed loved ones.