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Balloons Around the World 2001

On Wednesday, October 3, 2001, nearly 1000 balloon artists in communities all around the world formed smiles through the creation of balloon art. Artists donate their time at this annual event to raise awareness of the field of ballooning and just generally make people happy. Some participants handed out balloon figures to anyone that asked. Others created large displays. Some did things to raise money for favorite charities, to draw crowds to a favorite public place (such as a library), or simply for the enjoyment of it.

In the words of the organizer, Jeff Brown:

The simple act of giving is an incredible thing. It encourages others to give and makes the world a better place, even if just for that one special moment. The amazed look on faces young and old while watching the transformation of a simple balloon to a dog or hat is a sight to see. If we can inspire a day of happiness, perhaps we can inspire others to do the same in their own way. We're hoping to have smiles stretching from coast to coast...and beyond!

This year's photos

It's still early and some stuff is still coming in, so check back often for more photos. Currently we have photos from the following locations where Balloons Around the World took place. Click on a city name to see the photos from that city.

More information

Visit Jeff's Balloons Around the World page.
Check out last year's photos.