Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

By Samantha Herbert, MSN News REX
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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta took place this week

The best images from the world's biggest hot air balloon festival. See gallery

A Sam the elephant hot air balloon.

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The event is the largest hot air balloon rally in the world with hundred taking part every year

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This was the 41st year of the annual balloon festival

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An Elvis Presley hot air balloon joins the rally

This was one of the new shapes taking part for the first time this year, along with an ice cream cone and a child in a wheelchair.

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Each year balloon teams from around the world participate in the event

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A red bird hot air balloon

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The special shape rodeo section of the festival started in 1989, and is now the most popular of the rally

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Windy conditions threatened to call off the festival, but hundreds successfully took to the air when winds reduced