Like every year, thousands of Prague inhabitants and visitors occupied the river embankments, bridges and hills to watch the New Year’s Day City Firework display today. We just couldn’t miss it! This year, we chose to climb the Petřín hill and found a nice spot at Nebozízek (the middle stop of the cable car). Compared to the past few days, the weather was quite warm and clear today, so the conditions for fireworks watching were perfect.
This year’s display was entitled “Time Machine” (the original time for the Mentronome at Letna Park). It lasted 10 minutes and 15 seconds and cost 1.2 million Czech Crowns ($52,000). There was a five minute countdown before the start of the show and five small red fireworks were fired to let people know that the show is about to start, but also to scare away birds and small animals. Despite this warning, the environmentalists fight against the use of fireworks, as they distress the river birds.
The display started with a tricolor (red, white, blue – Czech national colors) rocket and offered five unique historical images; three from the 20th century, one from 19th century and the last image took us back to the present. Spectators could see for example Velvet Revolution, Spartakiáda (mass public sport exhibitions during the Communist area) and the period before the WWII. There was a music accompaniment to the firework, which people could listen to on a radio. What a great idea!
The show was spectacular! We will certainly go again next year!
Did you see the show in Prague? Did you like it? Do you have a similar firework display in your town? Leave a comment below to tell us about it.
The picture above is curtesy of CTK by Vít Šimánek
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