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Old May 4th, 2005, 06:01 AM   #1
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Best New Year's Fireworks/ Demonstrations

I don't know where the other thread went, so I started a new one. Please know that I am trying to get people to nominate their top five favorites, and that i will make a poll later.(Similar to what they do in the urban contests.)

So please nominate your top five favorite new year's domonstrations and if you can post pics for those of us who do not know what they looked like. Thank you.
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Old May 4th, 2005, 10:28 AM   #2
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hong kong .......but in chinese new year
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Old May 4th, 2005, 10:30 AM   #3
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I don't know about anywhere else, but Sydney is usually the biggest new years fireworks display as far as i know.
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^yeap, sydney's famouse for best and biggest new year demonstrations, it's shown world wide on tv ..
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Old May 4th, 2005, 11:05 AM   #7
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^yeap, sydney's famouse for best and biggest new year demonstrations, it's shown world wide on tv ..
I would agree that Sydney's is one of the best, and is probably my favourite,
but one can't really claim the "shown world wide on TV" thing.

On your second post, the article claims "600 million people world wide". Well,
living oversea's, they don't actually show it on TV as a special event, all they
do is show highlights of the different NYE celebrations of the world, usually
lasting a minute or less from each city, and Sydney is always included.

But I have never seen any "show" dedicated to the Sydney event, so I
suspect there is a little creative license involved in those claims that
600million people watch the event.

As well as Sydney's event, Hong Kong is also pretty much up there as well. In
2000, Paris put on one of the most amazing, but it seems to have scaled down a bit since then.

Here in Frankfurt, there is no official fireworks display, so it really doesn't
count in that way, but what they have which is just as spectacular, is
everyone shooting off their personal fireworks all at once (something which is
banned in Australia), and although there are no giant explosions, what you
get is the entire city lit up by millions of smaller ones, which has an effect
that has to be seen to be imagined - It's much more spectacular than it
sounds, and when my Sydney friends have come over here for NYE, they are
also blown away by it, which must say something.

Here are some photo's I have taken over the years from my terrace, which on
the 18th floor has an amazing view for this. It really looks like WWIII, and
that the entire city is on fire.
The photo's don't do justice of the amazing sight it really is.

The 2001 display


2002 scroll >>>>>


2003





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Old May 4th, 2005, 11:07 AM   #8
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Sydney has the most spectcular New Year's firework.
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Old May 5th, 2005, 02:45 AM   #9
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Rio de Janeiro (Copacabana Beach) is the largest in the world with over 1.5 million people (2004)
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Actually London this year held the biggest firework display in the world (so they reported) since Londons display in 2000....it ran for over 16 minutes and was coreographed by Jack Morton Worldwide, the company responsible for staging the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the summer's Athens Games.


The thing got really crazy at the end....and ended with a huge blinding flash....I have some pics...but not of the end!

Im not sure about you lot....but it was the best firework display I have ever seen...and I watch most....Sidneys, Paris, Londons and New Yorks...never miss their new years!

I have it recorded on TV...might get some screen shots!








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I must add they were 'toned down' as a mark of respect to the lives lost in the Tsunami!
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Old May 5th, 2005, 03:20 AM   #12
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I was kinda hoping that people would put their top 5 favorites, but it seems that the most favorite are Sydney, Paris, London NYC, Hong Kong, and Frankfut.
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Old May 5th, 2005, 04:00 AM   #13
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In The International Freedom Fest fireworks in Detroit/Windsor is the largest fireworks display in North America for any time of year. I have driven from Chicago to go and see it three times. My cousin has seen the fireworks in Washington DC and New York and he was very impressed when I showed him a video of the Detroit/Windsor show. Last year was 40 min+ but I thought I saw that this year it will be 30 min. Here is some info I found on it:
It takes 5 days for dozens of specialists to load 3 barges with 250,000 lbs. of fiberglass mortars, 100 miles of wire, 500 tons of sand and more than 10,000 fireworks shells for the annual fireworks display.

Here are a few pics but these don't do it justice because they are quite a distance away. When I go, it seems like they are exploding over my head because they are so big. Also during the show, bits of ash or gunpowder starts raining down from the sky from the exploded fireworks. This caught me off guard the first year because it took me a minute to realize what it was. Sydney and HK sound great. I hope one day I am fortunate enough to see them.














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Old May 5th, 2005, 04:58 AM   #14
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I'm jealous...Toronto had 1 good fireworks display (for the millenium) and since then it's been less than crap (I can create a better display in my backyard). This New Years Eve I'm probably going to celebrate it in Niagara Falls (Canada's largest NYE celebration), at least they put SOME effort into their fireworks display.
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Old May 5th, 2005, 05:07 AM   #15
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Best celebration in general IMHO:

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Old May 5th, 2005, 05:44 AM   #16
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I'm not sure if many people know of it, but Thunder over Louisville I think is the best, at least in the US.

Staging the pyrotechnic spectacular of Thunder each year for the Derby Festival is the First Family of Fireworks. Zambelli Fireworks Internationale first became involved with Thunder Over Louisville in 1991. The annual show is larger than the opening and closing ceremonies of the Atlanta and Barcelona Olympics combined. According to the Zambelli's it is unchallenged as the largest annual pyrotechnic production in North America.

To assemble a show the size of Thunder, Zambelli Internationale utilizes eight tractor trailers filled with nearly 60 tons of fireworks shells. The physical set-up includes 250 tons of launching tubes, some as high as 10 feet with a diameter of 1 and 1/2 feet. Two million pounds of sand will pack the firing tubes on 1,800 feet of barges. Almost 700 miles of wire cable connecting 20 firing boards are tied to the command post for synchronization to the music. This is the largest show the Zambellis perform each year and the Zambellis are the largest fireworks family in the world.

The magic of Thunder is in the formula of the show says Wayne Hettinger, Show Director and owner of Visual Presentations. "Each year, people think we make the show longer to be the largest show and that's just not the case. The secret with Thunder has been to pack as much firepower into 28 minutes as possible and produce a series of 'finales'." Hettinger has it down to a science working with the team from Zambelli to create a heart-stopping, eye-popping show.


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I think only video or being there can give you the full experience. It's really a thrill.
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Old May 5th, 2005, 09:25 AM   #17
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Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.
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Old May 5th, 2005, 10:33 AM   #18
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OMG Sydney for sure, it totally takes the cake i go to the celebrations each year, it totally goes off!
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Old May 5th, 2005, 01:18 PM   #19
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OMG Sydney for sure, it totally takes the cake i go to the celebrations each year, it totally goes off!
Yeah - Sydney goes off and is unbeatable but Brisbane would be second in Oz for fireworks - though not on NYE.








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Wow....this page is taking ages to load up!




Every city has its fireworks canvas if you will.....Sidney Harbour Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Edinburgh castle, and London as the Millennium Wheel...which IMO is perfect with its circular shape...its really did look like a hige catherine wheel when the fireworks the going off round the middle and the outside!
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