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GlobalFest 2018: By the Numbers

  • July 30, 2018
  • By Cody Battershill

GlobalFest 2018: By the Numbers

Ever since 2003, GlobalFest has been lighting up the night sky in Calgary with its explosive fireworks shows that bedazzle and delight people of all ages.

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Creating an event of epic proportions like GlobalFest, however, is no small task. Here’s GlobalFest by the numbers – see for yourself how much work is put into this highly visited event in YYC!

GlobalFest's Quick Digits

  • Fireworks can reach up to 1,700 feet before exploding
  • The biggest fireworks explode with a diameter of 1,500 feet
  • A minimum of 1,000 feet between the fireworks and viewers is mandatory for safety
  • A total of 4 countries will be competing for the fireworks championship in 2018: China, Philippines, Spain, Ukraine
  • In 2017, approximately 800,000 people made their way to Elliston Park to watch the GlobalFest fireworks
  • In 2008, new rules at GlobalFest made it mandatory for the competing country to have 25 percent of its soundtrack originating from home
  • There are 7 different categories of rules and regulations to be considered for fireworks to be allowed in the city: parking, fire safety and air traffic restrictions to name a few
  • A total of 12 people – 10 from GlobalFest and 2 from the competing country – spend 3 days to set up each show which lasts just over 20 minutes
  • Anywhere from 8 to 640 single shots can be combined into a single “display cake” (A display cake is defined as a series of fireworks cylinders in boxes connected by fuses)
  • At GlobalFest, teams light up anywhere between 120 to 200 cakes during a single show
  • A total of 2,570 mortars are available for competitors to use in their show for shell fireworks
  • On average, about 800 single firework shots are set off during a single GlobalFest display

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When - August 16th to the 25th, 2018

Where - Elliston Park - 1827 68 St SE, Calgary, AB

Cost – Starting at $15.00

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