ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A clear sky set up great conditions for pilots to lift off on the first day of the 50th Balloon Fiesta.

Visit Albuquerque’s Red or Green? balloon flies overhead (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Balloon Fiesta Day 1. October 1, 2022 ( Allison Giron Digital Producer)
Balloon Fiesta Day 1. October 1, 2022 (Allison Giron | Digital Producer )
Balloon Fiesta Day 1. October 1, 2022 ( Allison Giron | Digital Producer)
The special shape “Tiger” flown by Craig Farrell (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Smokey Bear gets ready for liftoff during Balloon Fiesta 2022 (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
A photo of “Tico the Sloth” (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Crowds watch balloons lift off at Balloon Fiesta 2022 (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Mandrill, flown by Warley Macedo, flies by during Balloon Fiesta 2022 (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Yoda takes to the sky during Balloon Fiesta 2022 (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Panoramic of Balloon Fiesta 2022 (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Spectators watch Balloon Fiesta 2022 (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Balloons fly during Balloon Fiesta 2022 (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
A balloon flies during Balloon Fiesta 2022 (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Balloon Fiesta Day 1. October 1, 2022 (Allison Giron | Digital Producer)
Balloons flare ahead of liftoff at Balloon Fiesta 2022 (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Crews prepare to liftoff from Balloon Fiesta Park (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Dawn Patrol takes off on the first day of Balloon Fiesta 2022 (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Drone show kicks off Balloon Fiesta’s 50th anniversary (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Drone show kicks off Balloon Fiesta’s 50th anniversary (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)
Drone show kicks off Balloon Fiesta’s 50th anniversary (Jordan Honeycutt | Digital Producer)

To keep up on the latest Balloon Fiesta news, KRQE has a webpage dedicated to the event.