The event traces its history to 1923 when flower decorated cars drove through the city. Though the floral parade never developed to the level of the Tournament of Roses in
After World War II, the Fete de Geneve expanded to four days, but it did not capture the hearts of the people of
Pre-festival activities take place in the city’s
Though celebrations last into the wee hours of the morning, by sunrise, the city is once again clean as a whistle. In typical Swiss fashion, it’s as though a team of nocturnal elves descended upon
For all the festivities however, the closing fireworks are what capture the imagination, and well they should.
One reason for the success of the spectacular hour-long sky-show is
As home of the International Red Cross (the Red Cross flag is the reverse of the Swiss flag),
The city wraps around both shores of the lake in the French-speaking region of
The viewing area for the spectacle is tucked along the shore of the French side of the lake. Seats are available for 50, 60 or 70 Swiss francs, which is between 50 and 70 dollars. Loudspeakers surround the seating area for visitors to hear the classical music program that is synchronized with the fireworks show.
Even without seats, people can see the show from the street and listen to the music on a local FM radio station.
The Swiss side of the lake provides the backdrop for the display. No less than fifteen barges line the water’s edge at a considerable distance between the first barge and the last. All lights along the shoreline are turned off, creating a jet-black curtain of spewing stars that will illuminate the night sky.
Like most things in
Make no mistake, synchronized means just that as mid-air explosions burst forth in precision timing to the music.
The Fete de Geneve is a new dimension in fireworks technology; a symphony for the heavens that seems to outdo itself each year. In 2012, the sky pageant takes place on Saturday, August 11.
Add this event to your traveler’s bucket list and witness the skies over
(Author’s notes: If you watch the video that accompanies this story, the most spectacular portion of the fireworks happen approximately three minutes into the program. Also, be aware that the music is difficult to hear because the microphones were not patched into the sound system. No matter, the visuals speak for themselves.)
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in
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