City gives an overview of the 49th edition of the AIBF

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – In fourteen days, hundreds of balloons will be launched again from Balloon Fiesta Park, but some things will be a little different because of COVID. At a press conference on Saturday morning, city leaders discussed what locals and tourists can expect at this year’s event. While most will look like they have been in years past, there will be a few changes.

“We have deployed a lot of our most iconic balloons,” said Sam Parks, director of operations for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. “We encourage people not to congregate on the east side of the field,” Parks said.

Due to travel restrictions, the Fiesta will see fewer international balloons. Parks says balloons will be shipped here and flown by US pilots.

Masks will be required in all indoor areas and in crowded areas on the grounds, indoor meals will not be available. Proof of vaccination is not required at Balloon Fiesta, but organizers say they will continue to monitor public health orders and CDC recommendations, and will announce any changes in the coming weeks.

Masks will also be required if you plan to take the park and ride this year. Hand disinfection stations will also be installed throughout the park.

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