A look back on the 51-year history of Balloon Fiesta

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the biggest event in New Mexico each year, but it didn’t start that way. Since 1972, the Balloon Fiesta has grown into a world-renowned event.

As we look forward to the 51st Balloon Fiesta, we are taking a look back at the history of the event.

See footage of the first-ever Fiesta and more about the event’s history in the video above.