Colourful balloons of all forms and sizes filled the skies over the Mexican city of Leon on Friday, as the International Balloon Festival celebrated its 18th edition.

The festival, which started in 2002 draws crowds of reportedly over 400,000 people alongside hot air balloon pilots from around the world.

"What I like the most is families getting together and the faces of children when the balloons take off," said Jesica Bustos, a visitor.

According to organisers, the festival in Leon belongs to the world's top three events of its kind. The festival will last until November 18.

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