Every year in October Albuquerque, New Mexico hosts the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta where literally thousands of balloons light up the morning sky.The now annual event started back in 1972 and has continued in the same spot every year since. This year's event kicked off yesterday with a shot for a new world record of over 300 balloons being launched at dawn.

People from all over the country come to not only participate in the event but to also just observe the awesome sight of all those colorful (sometimes weird looking) balloons launch at dawn.

This years kick off event was nearly canceld due to wind, but luckliy the winds died down and the launch took place.

If you have never been I recommend you go at least once, it is an amazing site to see, there are also opportunities for balloon rides, there is food and all kinds of events all week to coincide with the festival.

Check out this link for more information on the festival