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Scores of bal­loons took to the Al­bu­querque skies over the week­end in cel­e­bra­tion of friend­ship and love.

The 2019 Friends and Lovers Bal­loon Rally was held Satur­day and Sun­day at Bal­loon Fi­esta Park.

The Valen­tine-themed event in­cluded bal­loon com­pe­ti­tions and cook­ing con­tests.

It is billed as the sec­ond largest bal­loon rally in the coun­try.

TOP RIGHT: Shawn Spe­icher of Al­bu­querque hooks the Amer­i­can flag onto a crown line of the bal­loon “Pita’s Kiss” dur­ing the Friends and Lovers Bal­loon Rally on Sun­day. Spe­icher said bal­loon pilot Bob Mass is a re­tired Air Force pilot and al­ways flies the flag.


A flock of Canada geese flies by a bal­loon dur­ing the Friends and Lovers Bal­loon Rally at Bal­loon Fi­esta Park on Sun­day.

ABOVE: Peg Bill­son of Al­bu­querque, pilot of the “Play Me” bal­loon, wears a heart sticker on her cheek as she takes off on Sun­day at the Friends and Lovers rally.

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