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St. Pete Pier to celebrate 1st anniversary with 300-drone light show

Drones equipped with LED lights will dance in formations stretching over 500 feet across the sky, and the audience will have interactive wristbands.
The Duke Energy Drone Light Show will celebrate the 1st anniversary of the St. Pete Pier with an aerial display of 300 drones equipped with LED lights. Photo courtesy city of St. Petersburg
The Duke Energy Drone Light Show will celebrate the 1st anniversary of the St. Pete Pier with an aerial display of 300 drones equipped with LED lights. Photo courtesy city of St. Petersburg [ City of St. Petersburg ]
Published Jun. 24
Updated Jun. 24

For the St. Pete Pier’s first anniversary, the city is going to celebrate on July 6 with a light show of hundreds of drones moving in formation across the sky. And the first 2,000 guests at Spa Beach Park will receive a wristband that will interact with the show.

“This one-of-a-kind immersive light show will consist of 300 drones equipped with LED lights, creating formations stretching over 500 feet across the sky, creating a massive and breathtaking display that celebrates the city of St. Petersburg,” a news release announced Thursday.

In 2016 technology giant Intel put on the first public performance in the United States of 300 of the company’s Shooting Star drones for a Christmas show at Walt Disney World. The choreographed aerial performance was set to holiday music.
In 2016 technology giant Intel put on the first public performance in the United States of 300 of the company’s Shooting Star drones for a Christmas show at Walt Disney World. The choreographed aerial performance was set to holiday music.

Programming will begin at 5 p.m. at Spa Beach Park on the St. Pete Pier with live bands and DJs. The drone show will begin at 9 p.m. at 660 Second Ave NE, St. Petersburg.

Drones have become a new way to entertain crowds. In 2016, technology giant Intel put on the first public performance in the United States — 300 of the company’s Shooting Star drones did a Christmas show at Walt Disney World. The choreographed aerial performance was set to holiday music.

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The St. Pete Pier drone show will be viewable from Spa Beach Park, the Pier and from downtown waterfront parks, except for Vinoy Park, the city said.

Last July 4 was supposed to have been the city’s big debut party for the Pier, but COVID-19 prompted the city to cancel large public events, though it did open the Pier to a limited crowd on July 6.