Sydney Welcomes 2018 By Celebrating Same-Sex Marriage With Rainbow Fireworks

Sydney Harbour via Twitter

As one of the first major cities to welcome in the New Year, all eyes were on Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Early in December Sydney City Lord Mayor Clover Moore announced plans for a “rainbow waterfall cascade from Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight to celebrate a historic year for Sydney’s LGBTI community.”

The “historic year” refers to the countries change in the law to allow same-sex couples the right to legally marry and to have their overseas marriages recognised.

More than 1.5 million spectators packed the Sydney foreshore to watch the estimated eight tonnes of fireworks at a cost of $7m that lasted 12 minutes.

The show also included a section of fireworks designed by Aussie actor Hugh Jackman, fulfilling a lifelong dream of designing a firework for his hometown.

“This is a fabulous way to see out 2017 – the year that four out of five Sydney-siders said a resounding ‘Yes’ to marriage equality,” Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

BBC World News tweeted video coverage of the spectacular countdown.

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