The countdown for New Year fireworks was worth waiting for every year irrespective of the time it was broadcasted on popular television channels or uploaded on media sites. While there is always an ever increasing crowd of spectators thronging to places from where they could get the best view such as Darling Harbour, Glebe etc, multitudes of viewers prefer the comfort and safety of their homes to watch the world renowned spectacular display on the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
Like every year, 2019 had a theme for the much talked about pyrotechnics, which was a tribute to the late queen soul Aretha Franklin who immortalised the song A Natural Woman, following her demise in August this year.
The theme titled ‘ The Pulse of Sydney’ to which the feature of Australian Landscapes was added left an everlasting impression on the minds of the viewers dazzling them predominantly with gold, purple and silver hues. A tradition initiated by the pyrotechnician Syd Howard in 1986 when he used the Harbour Bridge as a launchpad for fireworks for the 75th Anniversary Review of the Royal Australian Navy, following his success with the fireworks on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge in 1983 commemorating Big Apple’s 100th year.
An amazing sensory feast, the pyrotechnics leaves the audience gasping in wonder and pleasure as the visual spectacle tickles their fantasies and leaves them in a reverie. Glimpses of monumental places such as Luna Park, Port Jackson, Taronga zoo, Royal Botanic gardens, Bondi and Manly beaches, Hyde Park etc. provided between display of fireworks allows the audience to feel the magic in the air and the spirit of the place. Ever since its construction in 1932 The Sydney Harbour Bridge has been a symbol of what could be achieved through hard work despite odds such as depression, a symbol of pride and a sense of achievement and hope as the bridge represented a new beginning and their dreams of a better future. With the annual tradition of fireworks on New Year, the hope continues to live.