I must admit that I lingered with posting this way too long, but better late than never, right? ;) I’d like to write a few words about the biggest attraction of the city, which contributed to its second name – ‘Las Vegas of the north’. Blackpool Illuminations festival is over 130 years old. The lights were lit for the first time twelve months before Thomas Edison’s bulb invention! The festival usually starts in the end of August and lasts for 66 days, until the beginning of November. This year, as it was also last time, the lights will be lit for 73 days.
The night falls very quickly at this time so you can watch the light even longer. It’s more important than you might think because the lights are almost ten kilometres long! The Illuminations aren’t just lights, but also chandeliers, crowns, neons and buildings, inlcuding The Tower, which illuminates in different colour combinations thanks to LED system.. In the north part of the city, near Gynn Square, there are light boards presenting tale heroes, various stories and other colorful scenes.
During the Illuminations time new types of trams appear: trams-boats and double-decker trams.
There is a firework show every Friday in front of the Tower. And it’s really spectacular!
The Illuminations start with a music concert, ‘Switch On’ festival. This year you could hear George Ezra and Little Mix. One of the most important moments is that with switching the ligths on. In 1934 it was Lord Derby, a soldier and politician. Then lots of other famous people were invited to do so: Lisa Stansfield, Bee Gees, Ronan Keating, Geri Halliwell, Robbie Williams and others. This year a British comedian, Peter Kay, switch the lights on.