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FAIRPORT HARBOR -- It's a tradition to have fireworks at the end of the Mardi Gras festival in Fairport Harbor

"People were really disappointed last year,"said Jim Cardina, president of Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras.

The Fairport Mardi Gras runs from July 3 through July 7. The fireworks will be July 5 and July 7.

Fairport Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras events

Last year the fireworks had to be cancelled because of high winds. Officials didn't want to risk the safety of the public. A refund wasn't an option for the city and its fans.

"They were already paid for so we decided to use last year's Friday night and this year's Sunday night," Cardina said. That's givingsome people one more thing to look forward to.

"I like the ones that crackle and look like shooting stars," said Sophia Dumont.

Others feel that it's a two-for-one special.

"Every year we look forward to the Mardi Gras and the fireworks just tops it all off," says boater Bill Lutkus.

Expecting over 45,000 people, the public's safety was taken into consideration and there is no reason to worry, says Cardina.

"I'm a retired officer. I know how many we need, and the Chief of Police and I sat down and discussed it. I always feel like I'd rather have a few extra than less."

With everything all set and a beach to be filled, Dumont had one question for one of our own -- "Betsy can you give me some good weather for fireworks?"

It's a question only Mother Nature can answer.

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