I’m going to use multiple photos on this post so you can get a sense of the large crowds at the event and just how spectacular it was.
The balloons are first unrolled and stretched out:
Filling the balloon or envelope doesn’t take long. The wicker basket beneath is called a gondola:
There were all kinds of novelty shapes mixed in with the regular-shaped hot air balloons. These were often sponsored by businesses:
It was absolutely thrilling to be part of the crowd, watching the colorful balloons and hearing the burners roaring as their flames filled the balloons with hot air.