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2009 in Halifax starts with a bang and a blizzard

We stayed in on New Year's Eve to catch the fireworks at City Hall for the last time. It's been our tradition to stand on the balcony with champagne and take in the big show -- we have (had?) the best view in town.

The first year (check my old flickr photos) was simply spectacular ... living up to the title of Most Terrifyingly Awesome Fireworks Display in Atlantic Canada.

Last year was just lame. So lame, the Casino did its own fireworks show right afterward that put the city to shame.

This year's show made up for it. The blizzard snow flying through the air gave the searchlights something to cling to as they waved through the sky all night long. The fireworks seemed just arm's length away as the snow gave context to the stage instead of seeing them explode in a wide field of darkness.

But damn, it was cold.

Here's an over-the-shoulder shot as Amanda felt her sternum shake from the blasts a block away.

Happy 2009, everyone! It'll surely be a landmark year.

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