Fireworks show a fitting finale
A SPECTACULAR fireworks display over the Clarence River thrilled onlookers, signalling the end to another successful Venetian Carnival on Friday night.
Event co-director Gail Harding said audience numbers were up on last year, thanks to great weather and a strong community Jacaranda spirit.
"I don't think we could have fitted another body on to the riverbank," Mrs Harding said.
"It was a great turnout and a great night.
"The crowd was fantastic and well behaved and the talent on display was just incredible.
"There were many highlights but the 60-piece choir, all from the Clarence Valley, was awesome. And the fireworks were amazing."
Several local dance troupes and a selection of primary schools also performed on the night, complementing Brisbane-based performers Sacred Circus, who wowed onlookers with fire twirling, acrobatics and stilt walking.
Grafton ballet dancer Emily Sydenham, who will dance with the esteemed Joffrey Ballet in New York next year, performed to the delight of many.