- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Police say several roads were clogged on Albuquerque’s north side early Saturday as tens of thousands of people made their way to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The nine-day fiesta was wrapping this weekend with mass ascensions planned for both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday morning’s event saw dozens of balloons lift off from Balloon Fiesta Park under mostly clear and calm skies.

Albuquerque police spokesman Daren DeAguero says the attendance was so great Saturday that all of the parking lots at the park filled up. Many vehicles had to be turned away.

DeAguero says the fiesta rush brought traffic in the area to a standstill for part of the morning.

Balloon fiesta spokesman Tom Garrity says it will take some time to calculate total attendance numbers for the entire event.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide