|Celebration of Light barge photo by Junie Quiroga|
Fenced gardens photo by Junie Quiroga
But it isn't just the barge that needs to get set up for the fireworks display, it also means putting up protective fencing around all the carefully planted gardens, objects d'arte, and nearby restaurants. As a resident of the west end with a perfect view of the fireworks from my apartment, I also have a perfect view of the disruption to my neighbourhood caused by this annual invasion, not to mention the aftermath of the event with all its litter and trash. But one person's garbage dump is another persons treasure chest and, along with the temporary workers recruited in the early hours, things do manage to get pretty much cleaned up in time for my morning swim.
|Man with metal detector & parks board cleaning machine photo by Junie Quiroga|
Fenced in art photos by Junie Quiroga
In earlier times it was first come first served when it came to finding a spot on the beach or the grass, never mind the food outlets, but now there are bleachers set up with reserved seats, VIP seatings at the Boathouse, Keg Lounge Bathhouse, and the Cactus Club and, for the truly special, a new private dining barge in the Bay off of 2nd Beach. Mind you, the really special folks simply fire up their own boats and cruise out into the harbour where they can then jockey for whatever they consider to be a good viewing position. Money, after all, is no object when it comes to fireworks displays like this one which cost millions to stage.
|Bleacher seating photo by Junie Quiroga|
|Private dining barge photo by Junie Quiroga|
|Emergency services command centre photo by Junie Quiroga|
|English Bay crowds & boats photo by Junie Quiroga|
|Fireworks photos by Junie Quiroga|