Heads up: Don't look for balloons at Invesco Field

DENVER (AP) -- The signature image of the presidential nominee celebrating on stage as thousands of multicolored balloons float down from the ceiling won't be seen at this year's Democratic National Convention.

Barack Obama will be deliver his acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High stadium. The football stadium is open-air. And that means there's no roof from which to hang balloons.

Convention officials are keeping quiet about their plans for Thursday night's celebration. A convention official says there'll be "no shortage of energy and enthusiasm" for the event.

Four years ago, Democrats budgeted 250,000 dollars to make 100,000 balloons drop around nominee John Kerry after his Boston speech. But something went wrong, and not all of them dropped.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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