By The Nation
The event will be hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) as part of year-end celebrations taking place simultaneously in five other provinces – Krabi, Sukhothai, Roi Et, Ratchaburi and Phetchabun.
At Iconsiam, a parade of entertainment by top artists will culminate with a pyrotechnic extravaganza featuring over 20,000 fireworks. In an eco-friendly twist, the firework shells are made from sticky rice that will biodegrade when they land.
They will light up the sky along a 1,400-metre curve of the majestic Chao Phraya River and are expected to attract more than 3 million viewers within 5 kilometres of the venue.
Members of the public are invited to take their best shot (photo or video) of the display for the "Magic upon the River" contest, with prizes worth over BtB500,000 up for grabs.
Organisers say the pyrotechnic epic comprises seven acts under the theme "The Wonders of Happiness upon the River", lighting light the way into the new year with hope, faith, prosperity and happiness for people all over the world.