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The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Settembre 2015
Quando iniziò, nel 1972, le mongolfiere erano 13. Poi il festival di Albuquerque, New Mexico, divenne una tradizione e oggi i palloni che si librano nel cielo sono 600: uno spettacolo meraviglioso che quest’anno si tiene dal 3 all’11 ottobre.

di Talitha Linehan

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Just some of the 600 hot air balloons that can be seen at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Not bad for an event which began in the parking lot of a shopping mall!
Just some of the 600 hot air balloons that can be seen at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Not bad for an event which began in the parking lot of a shopping mall!

Speaker: Chuck Rolando (Standard American accent)

Imagine a hot air balloon – an enormous, colourful balloon with a basket, carrying people high into the sky. It’s spectacular! Now imagine 600 hot air balloons, all in the same place at the same time. That’s what you can experience at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is the world’s biggest ballooning festival. This year it is from October 3rd to 11th.


The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1972 – with 13 hot air balloons launching from the parking lot of a shopping mall. This was for the 50th birthday celebration of a local radio station. It included a balloon race and was a great success.
The Balloon Fiesta became an annual event, and it got bigger every year. In 2000, it had the most hot air balloons ever – 1,019. After that, officials limited the number of balloons to 600.


In addition to being the world’s biggest balloon event, the Balloon Fiesta is also the most photographed. It has its own area, the Balloon Fiesta Park, which is 365 acres, or the size of 54 football fields.
Up to 100,000 people attend each day of the Fiesta for a series of spectacular activities. One of the most popular is the Mass Ascension, when all of the balloons launch into the sky in two waves. Another is the Balloon Glow, when the balloons illuminate the night.


In the Flight of Nations, a balloon from each country represented at the festival launches to the sound of its national anthem. It also carries its flag. Hot air balloons come in all different shapes and sizes. The Special Shape Rodeo has balloons shaped like everything from flowers to dinosaurs and Elvis Presley.
The festival also has a series of challenges. These include a long-distance race called America’s Challenge. Special long-distance balloons launch from the Balloon Fiesta Park and travel as far as possible. The winning balloons often travel for three days, as far as Canada or the East Coast of the United States.


Festival attendees can also enjoy concerts and other entertainment at the Balloon Fiesta Park. They can visit the Balloon Discovery Center and the International Balloon Museum to learn about the history of the festival and ballooning. And, of course, they can experience the rich New Mexican culture of Albuquerque. It’s a fun time for everyone!

Find out more: www.balloonfiesta.com

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From October 3rd to 11th. Un breve ripasso dei numeri ordinali abbreviati in inglese. First, second, third (primo, secondo, terzo) si abbreviano 1st, 2nd, 3rd); dal quarto (fourth) in poi si aggiunge semplicemente il suffisso -th (4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 13th, ecc.). L’eccezione ritorna ogni volta che ritroviamo one, two, three: es. twenty-one diventa 21st (twenty-first), a seguire 22nd, 23rd, 31st ecc. Per quanto riguarda la data: October 3rd si legge "October the third".

365 acres. 147,3 ettari. Da notare che nei paesi anglofoni si continua a usare il sistema imperiale britannico.

Football fields. Quando gli americani dicono football intendono l'American football (per loro il calcio è soccer). Da notare anche che il campo da gioco si chiama field in American English e pitch in British English.