April 23, 2009 — After recently setting the world record in Dubai for the largest fireworks program, the world-renowned Grucci family of Brookhaven, N.Y., will return to St. Thomas for the third consecutive year to produce the V.I. Carnival's fireworks finale.
Scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday, May 2, this year's Fireworks Spectacular is a salute to President Barack Obama. The show is supported in part by assistance from Tropical Shipping, Boynes Trucking Systems and Crowley Maritime, according to a release from organizer Steve Bornn at Left Lane Productions, which is orchestrating the show.
Staged from a barge strategically placed in the inner-harbor cove between Frederiksberg Point (the old pump house) and King's Wharf (the legislative grounds), the 26-minute display will feature sequences with special effects designed for close viewing. Past displays have lit up the sky with distinctive patterns, such as smiley faces, corkscrews and hearts, and this year will be no exception, Bornn said.
The best spots to fully enjoy the custom-designed pyrotechnics display are downtown at the Carnival Village and the adjacent Waterfront area — not from the mountainsides, he added. The fireworks program is intended to encourage attendance at the Last Lap of Carnival.
Boats normally anchored in the area will be required to re-locate from the restricted zone, according to the press release.
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