Canberra Balloon Spectacular: Tico, the 33m tall sloth, ready to play | Canberra time

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While the illuminations take center stage at the Enlighten festival, it won’t be long before the hot air balloons take off in the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, which is also part of the festival. The balloons are scheduled to fly daily, weather permitting, from March 12-20, inflating from 6:15 a.m. and launching around 7 a.m. from the Patrick White Lawns between the National Library and Lake Burley Griffin. There will be 25 balloons from Australia and around the world, with the star of the show likely to be the 33.5 meter tall Tico the Sloth balloon from the United States. Tico owner and designer Scott Monahan of Monahan Airways Ballooning in New York said he and his twin brother Todd invented the balloon two years ago when sloths in all their forms were becoming popular with children. “We thought that was a perfect idea because they’re slow and it was a perfect comparison to a ball moving slowly through the air,” Scott said. Tico was made in Brazil and fills nearly 3 million cubic liters of air. The brothers asked for the public’s help in designing the balloon, asking on their Facebook page whether Tico should eat a leaf or not. READ MORE: “It was a close race but the decision was made to make it look like Tico was eating the leaf and so it was built that way. We love the ball and how cute it is in the air “Scott said. “It’s one of the most popular shapes we have and it’s only two years old. We’re thrilled and lucky enough to be able to travel the world with these shaped balls and be a crowd pleaser.” Sloths are common in Costa Rica, so the ball had to have an appropriate name. And Tico refers to what Costa Ricans call themselves and their attitude to life. “It is used in the sense of slowing down and enjoying life. We thought this would be a perfect name for our slow friend and fit the way the world should be today. Everyone should slow down and enjoy your surroundings,” Scott said. . Daily balloon launch and flight announcements are made at 6:15 a.m. and posted on and through the Enlighten Festival and EventsACT social channels. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: