Largest Balloon Arch

United States Greg Arrigoni


St. Paul, Minnesota, United States / July 3, 2004

Greg Arrigoni used 1434 Qualtex balloons to build a balloon arch. The balloons were three feet in diameter. The arch measured 600 feet wide and 340 feet tall. It took 65 tanks of helium to fill the balloons. The arch was built at the Grand Excursion festival to commemorate the the 150-year anniversary of the founding of St. Paul, Minnesota.



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  • United States Tilly Racker

    Tilly Racker

    Fifty years is a long time doula pittsburgh

  • United States Greg Arrigoni

    Greg Arrigoni

    Just to let people know - the balloons I used were 30 inches in diameter (1404 of them) and 30 balloons that were 48 inches in diameter

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  • United States Claudia Melbye

    Claudia Melbye

    We're so proud of you for this magnificent feat of engineering and creativity Greg! It really enhanced this event and our civic pride.

  • United States Rob Birdsong

    Rob Birdsong

    Have a look now Peter

  • United States Greg Arrigoni

    Greg Arrigoni

    there is a video on The inflation was done with 27 people starting at 9:00PM till 6:00AM. Balloons were 30 inches in diameter.

  • Australia Peter Craig

    Peter Craig

    Is there any other footage or photos of the arch? Looks great but easy to manipulate/fake as a photo. I'm also wondering whether the criteria or title of this record needs to be a little more specific - does it need to be helium filled balloons? How big must the balloons be. Does "largest" mean tallest/widest or should this be "Most Helium Balloons in a Balloon Arch". Do the balloons line up in single file or can they be grouped together? What are they joined with?

  • United States luc bertrand

    luc bertrand

    Greg, once again, this was a phenomenal job! Only a balloon professional can appreciate the work you did put into this. Frankly, I would not even dare to start a job like this. Hat off!

  • United States arlene kronowitz

    arlene kronowitz

    We knew you could do it. Congratulations on setting the record!

  • United States Graham Rouse

    Graham Rouse

    Great job! Congratulations!

  • United States Ken Stillman

    Ken Stillman

    Greg This is truly legendary

  • United States sandi masori

    sandi masori

    It looks really simple, but most people have no idea how hard this really is- over a lake, in a boat, with wind and giant balloons... wow! Kudos Greg, glad it was you and not me ;-) Great job!

  • United States Capt. Joel

    Capt. Joel

    Kudos Greg

  • United States Carol Miner

    Carol Miner

    Awesome Greg! I'd help next time you build a huge project. Thanks!

  • United States Garrett Gruberman

    Garrett Gruberman

    Still amazes me every time I see it! Congrats my friend!

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