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The inaugural Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition launches this weekend for a series of pyrotechnic displays in the skies above Niagara Falls. The event will take place over six weekend nights starting at 9 p.m. on Friday.

The displays continue at 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and again on Nov. 16, 17 and 18.

“We’re really looking forward to launching the largest fireworks competition in Ontario,” said Tina Myers, executive director of Cascades of Fire. “The goal of the competition is to create a new signature event for our city. It really will be a whole new spectacle the likes of which Niagara has never seen.”

Award winning pyrotechnic teams from China, Finland, Brazil, Vietnam and Italy will be showcasing their fireworks displays. Each night of the competition will feature an 18-minute long show that is synchronized to music.

As the hosts, Team Canada will put on a special fireworks finale show on Nov. 18 presented by Fallsview Casino.

Each presentation will be judged on five categories: theme and choice of music, creativity, selection of the fireworks effects and use within the display, synchronization to the music and crowd reaction and appreciation.

“We have got some of the best pyrotechnic displays from around the world going head-to-head to be crowned the inaugural champion. We know they’re going to give it their all and create an amazing show for people to enjoy. We encourage visitors to come to Niagara Falls for the whole weekend (or both) to take in the competition and explore the destination,” added Myers.

Closing ceremonies will take place on Nov. 18 with the mayor of Niagara Falls presenting awards to the competitors.

The event is presented by Hornblower Niagara Cruises.

“The Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition will be the region’s top winter event and we are excited to announce our presenting sponsorship and community partnership with this event," said, Greg Bechkos, director, sales & marketing at Hornblower Niagara Cruises.

Visit www.cascadesoffire.com for more info.

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