Balloon Festival

My friend Cate Root and I went to the Balloon Festival, the public portion of the World Balloon Convention, a trade show for professional balloon decorators and designers. These people do things like window designs for retail spaces, huge sculptures for events, and even wearable balloon costumes for a living, and at the convention they network and participate in competitions.

This year the convention was held here in New Orleans (Cate wrote about it here), and for a brief afternoon we were treated to some amazing spectacles: Chinese dragons, elaborate balloon hats, carnival masks, mythical monsters and more...all constructed over several days out of hundreds of balloons knotted and woven together.