We settled into a nice vantage point behind the large crowds, where we could observe the festivities and still make a quick escape at the end. Over the next hour, a parade of characters arrived to act out the story of Rama destroying Ravana and saving his bride.
The whole evening is a build up to the burning of effigies of Ravana and his two brothers.
Rama symbolically shoots an arrow into the effigies to light them on fire. First the brothers go down.
Then the evening culminates with Ravana going down in flames.