Pyrotechnics and Flame Effects – The Paisley Halloween Festival
Around 40,000 people flocked to the streets of Paisley to celebrate its biggest ever Halloween festival. They were treated to a playground of amazing floats, circus performers and a spectacular Mardi-Gras style parade featuring 350 costumed performers.
Another spectacle of the festival was the dazzling performances from aerial artists, All or Nothing, who performed their death-defying act ‘Into the Dark’. The performance saw the artists take to the skies to circle and swirl around a haunted carousel over the grounds of the town’s iconic Abbey.
We were also asked to assist in operating a guitar flame thrower which would be fired by a clown riding a mechanical elephant. We always try to go the extra mile to help our clients and so we agreed to do as much as we could, but we were operating a little outside our comfort zone.
We were given an explanation of how the device worked and told that we would be operating the safety shut off control from the ground while the operator rode on top of the elephant, so this gave us some confidence of what to expect prior to arrival.
We also arrived on-site 6 hours in advance of the show, so we had plenty of time to get set-up and take a good look around the site and establish the quickest ways to get around the town and avoid the crowds.
First up was the Parade where we operated the flame thrower, which also involved refuelling the guitar 3 times by climbing up and down the side of the elephant.
The second stage was firing flames on the steps of a beautiful striking Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church as a backdrop to several performing acts.
The finale piece was back at the 12th century Abbey where a huge 100-ton crane suspended a performing act high above the crowd. We fired a pyrotechnic water fall showering sparks down from beneath the spinning acrobats. We also had a line of flame jets and pyro on the floor, and we lit up the Abbey to end the show and event in spectacular style.