29 July 2006 The last Saturday of July, every year, Cologne puts on an incredible fireworks display above the Rhine River. The Cologne Cathedral is even more brilliant than usual and buildings along the river are also dramatically lit. The event begins with a parade of ships down the Rhine, each shooting off rockets. As darkness falls, onlookers hold candles that are distributed in restaurants, bars and hotels and the fantastic fireworks display is synchronized to music broadcast across the city.
More then 1,000,000 spectators along the river banks and on the bridges, 15,000 on 50 ships, millions before their tv's (live coverage over 5 hours), including Walter with camera :wink:
The ships have ended their parade (with some smaller fireworks in the suburbs to be seen), are turning around now and in ten minutes the big event starts: 30 minutes of firework to synchronosized music.
To give you an idea, one photo, taken about 70 minutes ago, the other half an hour .... more to come tomorrow: