The Minnesota State Fair is held annually in late August through Labor Day weekend in an area of St. Paul, Minnesota. The Fair is known as the Great Minnesota Get Together and is one of the largest such gatherings in the country. In 2017, AirVuz collaborated with the Fair to provide drone coverage for the first time. Using fully licensed operators, AirVuz created a series of videos showing the Fair and different events occuring there, from an aerial perspective.
While the Carnival celebration is closely associated with Rio de Janeiro, it is exuberantly celebrated throughout Brazil. In this drone video, contributor RG Drones was able to capture the Carnival celebrations in the city of Belo Horizonte, the third largest city of the officially recognized region of Southeastern Brazil. Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, which is actually the second most populous state in the country after Sao Paulo.
Ivana Kupala is an ancient Eastern European festival held in mid-summer. It is observed in many areas of Eastern Europe, namely in parts of the Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and Russia. Tied to the summer solstice, it occurs the night of July 6/7 which correspondes to June 23/24 on the Gregorian calendar. Contributor Valerii Iavtushenko flew a drone over an Ivana Kupula celebration in the Ukraine to make this amazing aerial video.
In Minnesota, in the northern USA, the short summer months are packed with outdoor festivals. Given the growing reputation of the Twin Cities as a "foodie" city, it's not surprising that one of the fastest growing summer gatherings is the Food Truck Festival in Minneapolis. Based in the city's trendy Uptown neighborhood, a gentrified area south of downtown, the festival features hundreds of food trucks, live music, food, and plenty of beer. AirVuz collaborated with the organizer to film the event in 2017.
Holi Festivals are a Hindu tradition in which participants cover themselves in bright colots. The festivals began in India but have become popular with non-Hindus throughout the world. One of the largest is the Holi Hai Festival of Colors in Busan, South Korea. Contributor Aerial Aspects worked with the event's organizers to film the 2017 festival with a drone, providing us with an amazing aerial view of this sea of colors in the second largest city of South Korea.
Cargo ships no longer ply the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland. Nowadays this storied port is all about entertainment, dining and festivals. The biggest thing to hit the Inner Harbor is the Light City Festival, which is a smorgasbord of music, visual arts, and lights. Contributor Jeff Walrich worked with the promoters to create this amazing aerial and ground look at a major gathering in this Mid-Atlantic USA city.
Caye Caulker is a small coral island off the coast of the Central American nation of Belize, in the Caribbean Sea. While the island has only 2,000 permanent residents, it's become one of the top destinations driving adventure-seeking tourists to this small country just south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. In this video, you'll get a taste of the tropical paradise through the drone camera of contributor J'aerial Photography, who filmed the cay during its annual Lobsterfest.
New York City's Brooklyn borough, which sits across the East River from Lower Manhattan, is the city's largest by population. It is perhaps best known for the Coney Island Amusement Park, which lies in the southern part of the borough, near the Verrazano Bridge. Contributor Remorales treats us to an aerial view of this park, which was the shooting location for the climactic final scene of the 1979 feature film The Warriors, a movie about gang warfare in New York City.
Contributor and drone pilot Ninad Maneghatta created this beautiful drone video of one of the largest fairs in southern India. It's held at the Marikamba Temple in Sirsi, a town in the south Indian state of Karnataka. Located a bit inland from the Malabar Coast, the town of Sirsi is surrounded by forests and waterfalls. The festival here is held every two years, and is believed to be the largest such gathering in the state. Karnataka was once known as Mysore and its largest city is Bangalore.