Disappointment reigned supreme for hundreds of people who lined Circular Quay for the Chinese New Year firework display. Both sides of the quay were filled with excited crowds who waited patiently for the advertised event to take place. The large inflatable animal sculptures were ablaze with colour, the bridge was festooned with lights and the buzz of anticipation was electric as tourists from distant lands mingled with locals ready to ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’ in entente cordial unison.
Unfortunately, the 8.15 pm start did not happen and as the minutes dragged by the ebullient crowd seemed shaken and uneasy and so the atmosphere seemed to lose life. Speculation ran rife throughout the quayside with rumours flying thick and fast. We, along with hundreds of others waited for over an hour to no avail.
By 9.30pm, the crowds began to disperse with disgruntled rumbles echoing around as tired leg aching people made their way home. Apparently, according to some locals, who had WIFI connections, said that the fireworks will be scheduled again for the next night but I won't hold my breath.
The only winners here were the bars and restaurants that soaked up the migrating crowds, who like us, drowned our disappointment in alcohol.
Not a very auspicious start to the Chinese New Year. What was also annoying was the fact that no official notice was given as the waiting time grew longer and longer. For a huge city like Sydney, surely there should have been some announcement that the advertised firework display had been cancelled or at the very least postponed. There were no stewards around to ask about what was happening.
Ferries and water taxis still did their trade and my lovely husband pointed out the fact that The Harbour Bridge was still open to traffic gave an indication that nothing was going to happen.
A badly organised event, which did not show, in my opinion, Sydney in a good light!