ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Darth Vader lives.
The popular special-shape balloon and several others that hadbeen stuck in China for more than a month made it to Albuquerque intime to launch during Thursday morning's Special Shapes Rodeo atthe Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
A large crowd gathered around Darth Vader as he was inflatedThursday morning. The popular balloon, shaped like the Star Warscharacter's head, launched during the rodeo and landed about 15minutes later just feet from its launch site.
Special shapes, ride balloons and two standard balloonsbelonging to sponsor Wells Fargo were the only balloons allowed tolaunch from Balloon Fiesta Park on Thursday morning.
Other balloons were able to fly to the field during one of theFiesta's more popular ballooning competitions, the prize grab,where envelopes containing prizes were placed atop tall poles atthe field.
The special shapes are also scheduled to participate in aGlowdeo on Thursday night, when they inflate on the field and lighttheir burners, causing the balloons to glow.
Another Special Shapes Rodeo and Glowdeo are scheduled onFriday.
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