The Redentore Festival is close to the hearts of Venetians, and is celebrated on the third Sunday of July, with a grandiose fireworks show on Saturday night as the main attraction. The venetians take part in the spectacle of fireworks right from their boats which are usually decorated with balloons, festoons and lights. Starting before sunset, the boats make their way to the Saint Mark's Basin and to the Giudecca Canal. The waters sparkle with the reflection of boats anf lights. On the boats, among song, dance and typical food, people wait for the fireworks that begin at 11.30pm and go on for almost an hour. Along the banks thusands of peoplealso wait for the fireworks at long tables set up for the occasion.