The CBC reports:
Vancouver’s annual fireworks festival has been cancelled, organizers said Wednesday, blaming the economic downturn.
“It has been an exceptional 18-year event â€” the largest of its kind in the world â€” and it is a credit to our many exceptional sponsors that we kept the event going year after year,” said Brent MacGregor, chair of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society. […]
However, the event also had a reputation for drawing some unruly crowds, making the policing costs high, and it continued to struggle financially from year to year to meet the event’s $4 million annual budget.
The HSBC Celebration of Light has always been one of my favourite events in the summer. Last year I didn’t make it out for any of the evenings, what with all the newborns in our house. I had promised myself that this year I would go down to Kits beach for at least a couple of the nights. What a bummer.
Last modified: February 4, 2009