Albuquerque mayor urges residents to clean up before balloon fiesta
Posted at: 09/29/2012 10:20 AM
| Updated at: 09/29/2012 7:01 PM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - More than 700,000 visitors are expected for this year's annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and city officials want to make sure Albuquerque looks good.
Mayor Richard Berry and Keep Albuquerque Beautiful are inviting residents and business owners to help.
He's asking them to get outside and clean up for just a few hours.
He says the balloon fiesta brings $165 million into the local economy every October and cleanup efforts will help continue to make the event a success.
Keep Albuquerque Beautiful staff will be distributing garbage bags and gloves at the Balloon Museum in Albuquerque on Saturday morning.
Officials say transportation will also be available for volunteers who want to pick up litter in the surrounding area. The balloon fiesta starts Oct. 6.
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