The Montréal International Fireworks Competition

Posted on June 16th, 2009 by .

Everyone likes fireworks. For some, they enthrall because they use the beautiful night sky as a canvas on which to paint a shimmery, ever-changing masterpiece of colour and light. For others (mainly men and small children), they are awesome because they go boom.
Montréal is a city that loves fireworks. So much so that every weekend from now until the end of the summer, Montréal welcomes with the world to its skies with the Montréal International Fireworks Competition…
This Saturday, June 13th, marks the kick off of the 25th edition of the Montréal International Fireworks Competition, the largest event of its kind in the world. To mark the occasion, Panzera (the company which has produced the closing fireworks display every year since the competition opened) presents a musical fireworks exhibition called “Happy Anniversary” featuring songs picked by the fans.
Music plays an important role in this competition, and every Saturday night, these incredible pyro-musical displays are made all the better because of the careful synchronization of the fireworks to a musical score. Each Saturday night is dedicated to the sights and sounds of a specific country: after the kickoff, the competition begins with Spain and ends with South Africa on August 8th. But that’s not it! On August 15th there is a tribute to Cirque de Soleil, followed by the final awards ceremony on the 22nd.
The best seats in Montréal are at the firework’s home base at La Ronde, the amusement park that was created for Expo ’67. But the Jacques Cartier Bridge also has a great view, as well as countless patios, rooftops and parks nearby….

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