300,000 people expected for Waterfront fireworks
More than 300,000 people are expected to descend on downtown Kingston on Sunday for the much-anticipated Fireworks on the Waterfront.
The event is hosted by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), which said it would be leaving no stone unturned in its pursuit of delivering wholesome family entertainment at this year's staging.
Dr Damian Graham, general manager of the UDC, said that Fireworks on the Waterfront inspires cohesion and unification. "It brings different people from all walks of life together in one location in celebration of the things that we value most: life, love, and happiness."
The 2017 staging of the much-anticipated event, which is themed 'Rock the G.L.O.W. (Growth, Love, Opportunity, and Wealth), will feature four key traditional elements: the kiddies' village, which gratifies the young and young at heart through activities that range from games and rides to face painting; the popular vending village, which houses vendors offering a melting pot of Jamaican culinary offerings, and crafts will also return; music lovers can also enjoy a street party at 6 p.m., showcasing DJs and sound system spin-offs as well as a stage show at 8 p.m., featuring both emerging and established acts across multiple musical genres; and the grand fireworks display, which is the highlight of the event.
Fireworks on the Waterfront was first staged by the UDC in 1999 to usher in the new millennium and was intended to be a one-off event. However, the event has continued to ignite the interest of patrons, making downtown Kingston the place to be on New Year's Eve.