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Fire in the sky across two sites
Where ever you go on New Year's Eve there is sure to be crowds, especially in the city and the harbour foreshore, but if you want something a little more family-friendly and alcohol free then head to Parramatta for some entertainment and a unique fireworks show.
Put on by Parramatta Council, this free New Year's Eve event has two zones, as follows:
Zone 1 - at The Parade Ground, Old King's School
A giant fire show is set to light up the sky in the form of a Catherine-wheel and a huge fire drawing of an eel. It will coincide with a fireworks display at 9pm.
The eel idea came about through creative director, Mike Roberts, and the early Aboriginal origins of Parramatta when it was known as 'the place where eels lie down'. A piece of Aboriginal music will accompany the fire drawing.
Prior to this grand finale, from 4pm there will be rides and entertainment that features Dora the Explorer and The Amazing Drumming Monkeys, among other children's performances, and roaming acts. Music and food as well. The littlies will love this. It is on the northern side of the river between O'Connell and Marsden Streets.
Road closures will be in place as is usual for an event of this nature. Public transport is always best and includes train, bus and ferry options. For more info and full program, visit www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/nye.