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     Dr.(Phys.)Dipl.-Ing.Ralf-Udo Hartmann


One of the most spectacular events of the year is the "Réveillon” fireworks at the Copacabana beach of Rio de Janeiro, with which Brazil enters the New Year.

Twenty-four tons of fireworks we fired from 8 pontoons. In cooperation with Horst-H. Baumann LaserScape installation and the company New Fireworks  we realised the fireworks against a cost of R$ 1,6 million (ca. USD 600.000).
Early on the tourists as well as the Cariocas (inhabitants of Rio) went to the Copacabana beach to enjoy a last dive in the ocean and secure a good place from which they could watch the fireworks.
But what attracts so many people to the beach of Copacabana on December 31st? Concerts, parties, and the big star of the night - the world's biggest and most famous fireworks. Last year, 24 tons of gunpowder in 19,000 rockets, provided 22 minutes of fireworks. The idea was to have only 16 minutes of fireworks, but it ended up lasting longer
The pontoons, from which the fireworks should be launched, anchored during the afternoon in front of the beach.
People expect to break the record every year for fireworks exhibition length. That's why the amount of gunpowder used increases from one year to another. According to Riotur (the Tourism Secretariat of Rio de Janeiro), this year's show is (once again) expected to be at least 16 minutes long. In order to inssure this length (and probably also to exceed it), they will use 22,600 rockets, each one more powerful than last year's.
  For this year, the fireworks will have a special '3D effect'. The idea is to allow people to watch the fireworks from any point place on the beach. This year, the fireworks will be provided by the News Fireworks Company and design by R.U.Hartmann a German consultant!
The fireworks are launched from boats anchored on the sea - not from the shore. This is done in order to prevent accidents with people that stay on the sand. A distance of at least 360 meters is kept in order to inssure safety. After the fireworks, people gather around the stages placed on the sand, in order to get to the free music shows and parties.
But why do people stay on the beach during the fireworks? Well, it's much better to watch them in the outdoors rather than indoors. And it is way much more interesting to see it live, and not from TV. That - and the heat of 32°C - is why so many people from around the world go to the beach of Copacabana in Brazil on the New Year's Eve.
Eight barges heavy with sand and empty mortar tubes will be nudged into position today on the River as preparations enter the final stage for the fireworks spectacular.
The fireworks display will include over 25 tons of pyrotechnics fired in 19,000 shells. To synchronize the show to music, hundreds of mortar tubes will be connected to computers with 5 miles of wires.
"It takes 11 days to set up the show and it’s gone in 21 minutes."
The Brazilian Carnival in Rio, Brazil is an annual festival that takes place four days before Ash Wednesday, which is described as the beginning of the 40 days fast, called lent. During the days of fasting, some Roman Catholics and Christians do not consume meat. The reason of the carnival is to bid farewell to some pleasures of the flesh and it is dedicated to Christ’s death.

In 1984 the government decided to give Rio Carnival its new home in the Sambadrome. Today, some of the most infamous events of Rio Carnival are ticketed events. There are different types of Sambodromo tickets that are available for purchase. Grandstand tickets are general admissions tickets that are available on a first come-first serve basis and are not allocated ahead of time. Frisas are open air box seats located along the samba runway. Camarotes are luxury boxes situated between the frisas and the grandstands. Sector 9 is the tourist sector which are the same as grandstand tickets, with the difference being that they are allocated so people have assigned seats.

The carnival in Brazil is a little different from its counterparts in Europe because it has a mixture of the Europe and African fundamentals. So much so that even the music, rhythm, and costume, changes a bit from one region of Brazil to the other.
A fine example to quote the differences is seen in the southeast part of the cities, where the parade of the carnival is usually led by the Samba schools and only Samba school affiliates’ participate in it whereas in smaller towns, there is no public to view the carnival and hence, the carnival is organized in clubs.
In the Northeast section of Brazil, even the common public is allowed to dance and take part in the parade and enjoy it to the fullest as they are made to feel a part of the big show.
The Carnival is all about having fun, dancing to the catchy rhythm and wearing colorful clothes.
Carnival ticket prices can vary from US$ 55 to US$ 3000. Depending of the ticket type, sector and season. The cheapest sectors are 12 and 13. Tickets can be bought in advance through international brokers, or through local travel agents in Rio de Janeiro.
'Purchase of a ticket' normally means purchases of a voucher which is then exchangeable for the ticket close to the date. Ticket sales are organized by LIESA, who will often also make tickets available at late notice via a venue (often a bank) announced the day before.
LIESA prices for grandstand tickets vary from Rs5 to Rs500 for the Tourist Sector (2014 prices). LIESA publish the base price of the tickets, and agents and brokers charge more (sometimes significantly more) but offer considerable convenience and other benefits.

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