Thousands of people, including Madeirans and tourists (at a time when hotel occupancy was around 95%), watched the fireworks show spread across different points of the city’s bay and amphitheater, in squares, streets, viewpoints, private houses and hotels, in a very effusive environment despite the containment measures associated with the covid-19 pandemic.
In port and offshore, there were also 11 cruise ships — initially the forecast pointed to 13 — and dozens of small vessels.
The New Year’s Eve entertainment in the autonomous region is taking place without additional restrictions to those in force since November 20, 2021, which determine, among others, the obligation to jointly submit a negative antigen test and vaccination certificate to access most of the enclosures public and private.
Before the fireworks show, four Red Bull Sky Dive Team skydivers, from Austria, Spain and Germany, surprised people by jumping over the city of Funchal.
The team took off from Porto Santo in a Portuguese Air Force plane and was dropped off at around 23:40, from an altitude of 8,000 feet (about 2,400 meters).
The paratroopers flew about three minutes, first in free fall and then soaring in their ‘wingsuits’ (special suits) and surprised the audience with lights and pyrotechnic devices that simulated a ‘star shower’, landing near the harbor from Funchal.
The fireworks show is a hallmark of Madeira on New Year’s Eve and, this time, it represented an investment of 1.085 million euros by the Regional Government, under the responsibility of the company Macedos Pirotécnica, which won the public tender.
The fire was launched from 58 posts located in the Funchal amphitheater and from five posts on ships in the bay.