2015 explodes across Pattaya

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2015 exploded across Pattaya with the crash of 1,000 fireworks at the finale of the Pattaya Countdown. Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome ticked off the last minutes of 2014 with 50,000 people at Bali Hai Pier, capping a week-long festival.

2015 exploded across Pattaya with the crash of 1,000 fireworks at the finale of the Pattaya Countdown.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome ticked off the last minutes of 2014 with 50,000 people at Bali Hai Pier, capping a week-long festival organized by the city, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Beverage Co., and the M-150 Co.

2015 exploded across Pattaya with the crash of 1,000 fireworks at the finale of the Pattaya Countdown. Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome ticked off the last minutes of 2014 with 50,000 people at Bali Hai Pier, capping a week-long festival.2015 exploded across Pattaya with the crash of 1,000 fireworks at the finale of the Pattaya Countdown. Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome ticked off the last minutes of 2014 with 50,000 people at Bali Hai Pier, capping a week-long festival.

Twenty-five artists took the stage for the Dec. 31 finale, drawing a packed crowd for acts including Better Weather, Barbies, Slot Machine, Potato and Buddha Bless.

People showed up early to reserve the best spot and, despite crushing crowds, many still managed to dance. Those far from the stage could see all the action on large screens.

Barbies performed an incredibly entertaining show in front of over 10,000 fans.Barbies performed an incredibly entertaining show in front of over 10,000 fans.

Outside Bali Hai, residents and tourists lined the beach to watch hotels around Pattaya Bay shoot off their own pyrotechnics. Pattaya’s huge countdown to 2015 was recorded by cameras and smartphones and posted on social media for all the world to see.

The huge concert and draw of celebrating the New Year at the beach did bring traffic to a standstill across the area, however. Beach Road was a parking lot, surpassed only Sukhumvit Road to the slow speed of traffic.

Slot Machine plays the song “Goodbye”.Slot Machine plays the song “Goodbye”.

The Bali Hai festival went off amid tight security, with police banning not only bottles and cans, but lighters, pens and camera monopods. Police collected more than 3,000 lighters, 1,000 pens and 500 monopods, which were checked-in for pickup after the show.

The mayor wished the crowd best wishes for the new year. He said more than 50,000 people attended the Pattaya Countdown on New Year’s Eve and that the festival generated 1 billion baht for the city over its week-long run.

Potato pulled a great crowd of music fans.Potato pulled a great crowd of music fans.

The runway to the stage was fenced off for safety.The runway to the stage was fenced off for safety.

Fans show the famous Slot Machine band hand triangle.Fans show the famous Slot Machine band hand triangle.

Many people were still having the best time of their lives after midnight near the stage to forget all the bad moments of life and start another great year.Many people were still having the best time of their lives after midnight near the stage to forget all the bad moments of life and start another great year.

The roads near Bali Hai were full of people that weren’t able to make to the stage area because it was too packed.The roads near Bali Hai were full of people that weren’t able to make to the stage area because it was too packed.

Police were strictly searching people at the entrance for weapons and objects that can potentially harm others.Police were strictly searching people at the entrance for weapons and objects that can potentially harm others.

Police collected many pens, lighters and bottles, preventing people from using them in the stage area to harm others.Police collected many pens, lighters and bottles, preventing people from using them in the stage area to harm others.

Monopods and selfie sticks used for mobile phones were also prohibited to the stage area, but owners were able to claim them back on the way out.Monopods and selfie sticks used for mobile phones were also prohibited to the stage area, but owners were able to claim them back on the way out.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome thanks people who attended the celebration and wishes everybody a Happy New Year.Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome thanks people who attended the celebration and wishes everybody a Happy New Year.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome presided over the New Year Countdown ceremony with representatives from TAT Pattaya, Pattaya Tourist Police, Pattaya City Council, Thai Beverage Co., Ltd., and M-150 Co., Ltd.Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome presided over the New Year Countdown ceremony with representatives from TAT Pattaya, Pattaya Tourist Police, Pattaya City Council, Thai Beverage Co., Ltd., and M-150 Co., Ltd.

Counting down to midnight to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015.Counting down to midnight to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015.

The first blast of fireworks light up the sky at 00:00.

Bali Hai Pier was still packed with people celebrating after midnight.Bali Hai Pier was still packed with people celebrating after midnight.

People swarmed down the hill for the show.People swarmed down the hill for the show.

Over 1000 blasts of fireworks decorated the skies for Pattaya’s New Year celebration.Over 1000 blasts of fireworks decorated the skies for Pattaya’s New Year celebration.

The fireworks were spectacular after midnight.The fireworks were spectacular after midnight.