Giant water fountain will light up the Vltava

The world's largest water and light show will happen June 2

A giant musical fountain will be created by firefighters on June 2 from 10 pm to 10:30 pm over the Vltava river. The event is in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia.

Cascades of water will be lit by colored lights and accompanied by music. The show is called Firefighters – Lords of the Elements (Hasiči – Páni živlů).

People will be able to see the show from a rectangular area bordered by the bridges Palackého most and Jiráskův most, and from Hořejší nábřeží in Smíchov and Rašínovo nábřeží in Nové Město.

The event will involve 1,055 firefighters from 77 districts across the Czech Republic. Similar shows have been performed in the country for decades, but not on the scale of this event. Organizers say this will be the world's largest such event and involve thousands of cubic meters of water.

Water will shoot up from 140 streams on rafts, and 35 streams will fall from the Palackého most to symbolize the source of the Vltava river.

More water will fall from Jiráskův most to symbolize the power and wildness of the river. A pontoon in the center will have 14 streams of water.

The music will be the symphonic poem “Vltava” (Moldau) from Smetana's Má vlast (My Homeland).

The choreography of the show was developed with the help of Czech TV. Months of preparations have gone into the show to make sure the sound can be heard in the entire viewing area. Other technical issues were also resolved during this time.

A rehearsal with a smaller version of the show was held last week, involving 210 firefighters at the lake Radvanecký rybník in the Česká Lípa District.

One goal of the event is to raise the profile of firefighters in the country. All types of equipment that firefighters use will be involved in creating the event, from pumps to various types of hoses and water jets.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event. Due to the crowds, traffic restrictions will be in place, and people are urged to take public transportation. A section of Nábřežní Street will be closed to traffic. One lane of Rašínovo nábřeží will close, but trams will continue. All of Palackého most and one side of Jiráskův most will be closed to traffic as well.

By metro, the event can be reached from Karlovo náměstí or Anděl, both on the B line.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/events or www.hasicskefontany.cz/Praha.

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