ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The final mass ascension for the 2023 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta resulted in a static display for a small handful of balloons. The weather hasn’t been a huge factor for this year’s fiesta as pilots saw a near-perfect fly schedule for the 2023 session but Sunday morning, winds kept balloons from taking off from Balloon Fiesta field.

Initial weather reports at Sunday’s pilot’s briefing were that officials were going to observe Sunday morning’s weather and see if they could fly later. There was a candlestick glow set for 7:00 a.m. to coincide with the National Anthem. A small number of balloons inflated but quickly were taken down.