New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland was the first major city that welcomes the New Year 2011. Two hours later, Australia’s Sydney celebrated the new year with an estimated 1.5 million people gathered to watch the 12-minute $5 million fireworks display over the city’s iconic Harbour Bridge. Sydney promised a party better than any since the 2000 Olympics and judging by crowd reaction, it delivered.
Cheers, beers, floods, fires and extreme temperatures were some of the feelings Australian might tell you as they welcomes the New Year. An estimated 1 billion audience were estimated to watch the fireworks on TV and the New South Wales Government has estimated the event will inject $156 million into the economy.
The weather was warm and the skies clear for what firework fans said was the best show since the close of the Sydney Olympics in 2000. More than 6,000 had queued for 24 hours to be at the water’s edge when the clock ticked to a new day and a new year. Celebrations in Sydney dwarf rival cities, with only 100,000 attending Paris fireworks, while 700,000 revellers gather for festivities in London.
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