ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – There will be some changes at this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Monday morning, Balloon Fiesta officials gave an update about this year’s preparations and discussed what people can expect. They say they are expecting 545 balloons. Officials also say they have been working to address COVID-19 by moving all seating outdoors and canceling the Music Fiesta event.

For the first time, the Balloon Fiesta is welcoming 35 remote-controlled balloons. Matt Guthrie the President of the Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors, Paul Smith the Executive Director, and Sam Parks the Director of Operations gave the update during the event.