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Sydney's Harbour Bridge to get NYE rainbow fireworks celebrating marriage equality

The rainbow fireworks will be a tribute to Australia finally legalizing marriage equality

Sydney's Harbour Bridge to get NYE rainbow fireworks celebrating marriage equality
Photo: Twitter via @CloverMoore
A 'non-artist's impression' of the rainbow waterfall fireworks planned for New Year's Eve at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. | Photo: Twitter via @CloverMoore

The City of Sydney plans to celebrate the successful legalization of marriage equality in Australia with a camp display of rainbow fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

A rainbow waterfall of fireworks will cascade from the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. The display will mark Australia finally passing same-sex marriage.

Australia is on the verge of making marriage equality legal after the majority of Australians voted in favour of changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry in an unprecedented postal survey on the issue.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the dramatic technicolour fireworks would confirm Sydney as the New Year’s Eve capital of the world. And it would be a chance to celebrate Australians saying ‘Yes’ to marriage equality.

‘This is a fabulous way to see out 2017 – the year that four out of five Sydneysiders said a resounding ‘Yes’ to marriage equality,’ she said.

‘The rainbow waterfall is a well-earnt tribute to the Sydney 78ers who marched for gay rights 40 years ago – it’s a reminder of how far we have come and how far we have left to achieve true equality for our LGBTI community.

‘It’s a wonderful way to ring in the New Year, and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras.’

Tonnes of rainbows

Sydney’s NYE fireworks are known the world over for the elaborate choreography. The NYE display takes more than 5,000 hours to prepare and helps bring AU$133 million (US$100,877,817) to the local economy.

The waterfall effect will be a first for Sydney’s NYE display.

‘The challenge this year was to create never-before-seen displays. Out of this we’ve created some great effects that I’m looking forward to sharing with the people of Sydney and the world,’ said Sydney fireworks director Forunato Foti.

‘This waterfall effect is a first for the bridge and we’ve chosen the rainbow colours that work best for fireworks: red, yellow, green, blue, purple and silver.’

Foti said there will be more than 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects on the night, which will include:

  • 8 tonnes of fireworks
  • 13,000 shells
  • 30,000 shooting comets



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