Fire­works fi­nale ‘just sick’

Chil­dren really, really love Char­lot­te­town’s New Years Eve event

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY NIGEL ARM­STRONG

As the smell of gun­pow­der lin­gered in the air from a grand fi­nale fire­works dis­play, chil­dren at the New Year in the Park event were all pos­i­tive.

“It was really, really, really good,” said Justin Thomp­son, 12, of Char­lot­te­town.

He has been com­ing to the an­nual party hosted by the city of Char­lot­te­town since he was born, he said.

“This one, out of 10, would be a nine,” said Thomp­son.

“I liked the fire­works, the (walk) through the for­est and the mu­sic is really good.

“The fire­works fi­nale is just sick, just straight for­ward awesome,” he said.

“It’s fun to meet your friends, hang out,” said Ben Plourde, 11 who was there with Thomp­son. “I really liked the snow­man (zone).”

The cre­ation of the snow sculp­tures zone on the brightly lighted City Di­a­mond was not planned, said event co-or­di­na­tor Donna Hurry.

“It was just mag­i­cal,” said Hurry. “I think peo­ple just saw one be­ing built and ev­ery­body just fol­lowed it and the snow is per­fect tonight for it.”

This is the 16th year for the fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion which was held this time un­der very light winds with the day’s high tem­per­a­ture at that mo­ment of plus two de­grees.

Theo Plourde, 7, liked the hot dogs, even if he was lim­ited to just one. The Park­dale Sher­wood Li­ons club did the cook­ing of the free food which also in­cluded hot chocolate and cup cakes.

Ju­lia MacLeod, 7 and her brother Pacey, 5, from Emy­vale were on hand.

“Five,” said Ju­lia, when asked to rank the event from one to five.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple turned out for the party that al­lowed young chil­dren to count down to the new year within bed­time hours.

The fire­works fi­nale came around 7 p.m. and lasted even a bit longer than mas­ter of cer­e­monies Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy thought was pos­si­ble. He was say­ing good­bye on the pub­lic ad­dress sys­tem while an­other round of py­rotech­nics was fill­ing the night air.

This was the first time in two years that the event re­turned to Vic­to­ria Park. The past two years were in down­town Char­lot­te­town for in­tro­duc­ing or say­ing good­bye to the big 2014 an­niver­sary year.

NIGEL ARM­STRONG/THE GUARDIAN

Auiem Ifrach, left, 11, and her sis­ter Hadas try their hand at making their first ever snow­man at Vic­to­ria Park Thurs­day. The Ifrach fam­ily im­mi­grated to P.E.I. from Is­rael this past Oc­to­ber and were out at­tend­ing the an­nual Cap­i­tal New Year in the Park event.

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