WHAT: SCARLET SAILS 2019 WHY: FIREWORK EVENT WHEN: 23RD JUNE 2019 WHERE: ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA COST: FREE
The Scarlet Sails event is also known as Alye Parusa and is one of the Summer’s most popular events in the City of St Petersburg.
The event started in the 1950s to mark the end of the scholastic year in Russia and is to celebrate the transition into adulthood.
Red Sails or Scarlet Sails is held on the banks of the River Neva and although it experienced a loss of popularity from 1979 to 2005, it has grown massively over the last couple of years into something which today attracts visitors from across the World.
The ‘ship’ is the main symbol of the Scarlet Sails event and it is a Swedish Brig called The Kronor and was influenced by the book of the same name by the early 20th century novelist Alexander Grin who’s book was a tale of a young girl who is from a fishing family with limited prospects and holds dreams of being able to see the world one day. She is told by a wizard that a ship with beautiful red sails will come and take her to a better life. A nobleman’s son visits the fishing village and falls in love with her from a distance and she sails away to a better life.
The Scarlet Sails festival incorporates open-air theatrical and musical performances on outdoor stages in the centre of Palace Square in St Petersburg.
Waterfalls, comets, aerial and aquatic shells come together to create a stunning display for all to enjoy. Check out last year’s event:
WHAT: YOKOHAMA SPARKLING TWILIGHT WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL WHEN: SATURDAY 14TH JULY TO SUNDAY 15TH JULY 2019 FROM 11:30AM TO 8:30PM WHERE: YAMASHITA PARK, KANNAI, YOKOHAMA COST: FREE ADMISSION
Spring in Japan has hanami or flower viewing, but the summertime is all about the Hanabi (fireworks or fire flowers), and this is the same for the sparkling twilight festival. It may not have the same funds as the likes of Tokyo and other big cities to spend on the displays, but this doesn’t mean that it will be less impressive.
With a fantastic finale of music and fireworks, this is another festival for the pyro lovers out there. With a variety of colours, effects, animals, cartoon characters the display will knock your socks off. Another advantage of the shoreline area display is that you don’t have the high-rise buildings so there is plenty of sky as a canvas cover. Why not set up a picnic blanket and enjoy the incredible skylines created.
Along with the fireworks display, there are also plenty of special activities in-between for everyone to enjoy. Performances, demonstrations and the thing not to miss is the twilight parade. Make a full day of it as even the food is sorted with a pop-up seaside restaurant which features food from some of Yokohama’s oldest and best restaurants in Yamashita park.
The festival is still classed as a new summertime festival as it only began three years ago. Since the first one, it has grown year upon year and now is not only loved by the locals but has visitors from all over the world attend, now making it one of the most impressive displays around.
See below a snapshot of what is on offer over the two days.
Sparkling fireworks – 3000 fireworks light up the summer sky – both days 7:30pm to 8pm
Ship parade – a parade of ships offshore of Yamashita park – 2pm to 3:30pm
Marine rescue demonstration – demonstration by Yokohama guard and Yokohama city fire department – both days 1pm to 1:40pm
Twilight jewellery boat – ships decorated with lights illuminating the port of Yokohama – both days 6:50pm to 7:30pm, 8pm to 8:15pm.
Sparkling parade – a parade of the mikoshi portable shrines from every district – Sunday 2pm to 4pm
Sparkling Stage Live – various concerts and live performances will be held at Yamashita park – both days 3pm to 7pm.
Seaside restaurant and bar – food and drink stalls from Yokohama’s oldest and best restaurants – both 11:30pm to 8:30pm
WHAT: FESTA DEL REDENTORE WHERE: SAN MARCO BASIN, VENICE, ITALY WHEN: SATURDAY 20TH JULY TO SUNDAY 21ST JULY TIME: ALL DAY EVENTS / FIREWORKS DISPLAY BEGINS 11:30 SAT 20TH COST: FREE
Steeped in 400 years of history and folklore the feast of the redeemer or festa del redentore takes place on the third weekend in July. The most anticipated weekend in Venice is full of events, parties and fireworks await locals and visitors alike.
The celebration is to mark the end of a terrible plague that hit the city during the 16th century killing over 50,000 people. To stop the problem the venetian Doge Alvise Mocenigo promised that when the plague ceased, he would build a magnificent bascilla.
It was decided that the church would be built on Guidecca and the first stone was placed on the third Sunday in July and a small wooden church followed thereafter. To celebrate the ending of the plague it was decided to build a temporary floating bridge to the church from Venice to Guidecca and was used first for a procession of the population and highest officers of the republic. After the procession it has occurred every year since and pilgrimage to the church of redentore is done every year, this is the only time that Guidecca is connected to the rest of Venice.
Programme for 2019
SATURDAY 20TH JULY
ALL DAY: Preparations by locals, followed by their own private dinner or parties.
19:00pm – Opening of pontoon bridge from Zattere to Giudecca, followed by a presentation of the regatta teams.
23:30pm – Fireworks at Bacino di San Marco
SUNDAY 21st July
16:00 – Regata del Redentore at Giudecca canal
19:00 – Holy mass at the Redentore Church
There are plenty of parades, dances and other entertainment on offer, but everyone pauses for the explosive fireworks event on Saturday evening. They are fired from Saint Mark’s basin from over 35 floating pontoons over 600 meters. The show lasts for around 45 minutes and then after the show the younger generation of the city head to Venice Lido to await the dawn and the sunrise.
So, if you are holidaying in Venice, get along to see the fireworks and be warned, it is a celebration that is sure to draw you in.