International Balloon Fiesta kicks off in Albuquerque

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CNN — The nine-day long International Balloon Fiesta kicked off Saturday morning in Albuquerque, N.M., with a dawn event that showed off glowing balloons.

The event attracts hundreds of balloonists and thousands of spectators from around the world.

Private land-owners have granted permission for balloonists to land at about 400 different sites during the festival.

The International Balloon Fiesta started with just 13 balloons in a mall parking lot back in 1972.

Watch field cam live streaming of the event from our sister station KRQE here.

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