Sparkling Sydney to kick off glitzy global 2014 party
SYDNEY (AFP) - Sydney promised an unprecedented fireworks spectacular to kick off global new year celebrations on Tuesday, the first in a wave of pyrotechnics to usher in 2014 from Hong Kong to world record-chasing Dubai.
Tons of explosives will light up Australia's harbour city with fireworks shooting off the Opera House for the first time in more than 10 years as part of the December 31 extravaganza, centred on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore said the A$6 million show (S$6.77 million), themed "Shine", was expected to attract 1.6 million spectators to the city's harbourfront, with thousands of visitors already camped out under blue skies early Tuesday to secure a front-row seat.
"We are ready to host the world's best New Year's Eve on the world's most beautiful harbour," Moore told reporters.