Medellin will mark Colombia’s 200th anniversary of independence with a fireworks display billed as the largest and most spectacular ever staged in Colombia.
Two and half tons of gunpowder will be exploded throughout the 70 minute “pyro-musical” display, devised by the renowned French pyrotechnics company Groupe F. The French company are behind ceremonies at Athens’ Olympic Games, the World Cup in Paris and several Cannes Film Festivals.
The city anticipates an influx of around 200,000 spectators to watch the display, which is taking place on the river between San Juan and Avenida 33 at 6.30PM. Access is free but authorities have advised getting there early to grab a decent spot. They’re also reminding citizens that many of the major roads in the city will be closed until 6AM Tuesday so the metro will be the most reliable mode of transport.
If you don’t manage to get there on time, however, Medellin authorities say that the display will reach between 70-200 meters high allowing it to be seen from almost any point in the city.
The fireworks will be accompanied by a booming live percussion band, courtesy of “sound towers” which technicians have been installing since 6AM Monday.
President-elect Juan Manuel Santos will also make an appearance as guest of honor in the Royal Box.
To mark official celebrations on Tuesday, Medellin will join the 1,102 cities around Colombia staging a Grand National Concert in the Paseo de Carabobo. Artists run the gamut of Colombian styles, featuring Andres Cepeda, Grupo Gale, Alejo Garcia, Mr. Bleat, Banda and Grupo Putumayo, to name a few, as well as participation from Medellin school choirs.
Expect routes between the Botanical Gardens and the Parque Explora to be closed all day Tuesday for the celebration.