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The entertainment kicks off at 9.30am with a 2,000-strong Grand Street Parade celebrating our creative community. The streets of Eastwood are transformed into a swirling sea of colour and sound featuring marching bands, community floats, street performers, dancers and the Festival’s ‘Sweetie Pie’ mascot.
The best viewing points are on Rowe Street so follow the purple parade route on the Festival map and grab your spot early!
2013 Parade Participants
The Marching Koalas
Regional band of dedicated young musicians from the Hunter Region.
City of Ryde Float
With Granny Smith, Sweetie Pie and Mega Bite.
Dance Generation Studios
Offers fun and challenging classes to keep you fit, while improving your dancing and hip hop abilities.
Mayor, MPs and Vintage Cars
Fabulous vintage cars transporting the newly elected City of Ryde mayor, Councillor Roy Maggio, local members of Parliament and The Weekly Times Festival Queen entrants.
JDance Performance Studio
Marsfield based performing arts school.
Teaches basic essential sport skills to children of all ages.
Entertainer Roseanna Gallo, received a Order of Australia Medal for services to the community through her music.
Castle Hill RSL Pipe Band
Operating for over 75 years with continual service to the community.
Ryde Maternity /Ryde Hospital
The Ryde Midwifery Group Practice and Mums at Ryde
Kate Liz School of Dance
Dance classes for children.
Eastwood Epping Branch Country Women's Association
Pop into the tea room at the Women's Rest Centre behind Eastwood Library for a cuppa and a chat.
Falun Dafa Association of NSW Inc
Ancient Chinese self-improvement practice for mind, body and spirit.
Eastwood Uniting Church
Go along to the corner of Hillview and Lakeside Roads for free coffee, tea and cakes at Granny Smith.
Sydney Korean Women's Association
Supporting women from all nationalities who are culturally and linguistically disadvantaged.
Marist College Eastwood Band
The College Band is a large ensemble consisting of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. They cover a wide range of musical styles.
Australian Air League
Band and marching team from members of the Epping, Hornsby, Five Dock and Manly squadrons.
City of Ryde Scouts Groups (Scouts Australia NSW)
You'll find sausage sizzles run by the Scouts throughout the Festival!
City of Ryde Girl Guides
Helping their communities and having fun.
Dance First Academy
Offer classes on a range of dance styles.
Chinese Australian Baptist Church - West Ryde
Extensive range of dance and performing arts tuition.
Phoenix Beauty Group
Local Eastwood beauty service.
Marsden High School
Culturally-diverse co-educational school.
Starting in the 'Apple Isle' and here at Granny Smith!
Miracle Performing Arts
Fun and rewarding dance classes.
Grace Bread of Life Christian Church Sydney
T.J. Andrews Funeral Service
1926 Rolls Royce Hearse and horse and carriage from the 1800s - still used today.
A not for profit organisation for the instruction, promotion and performance of Belly Dance.
Sydney District Chinese Christian Church Sydney
Young Life Australia
Providing role models, mentors and a willing ear for teens.
Church of the Good Shepherd
The dedicated local volunteers of the State Emergency Service.
Eastwood Fire Brigade
They are there for us 24/7 and here at Granny Smith - unless they are needed out in the community!
NSW Mounted Police Force
The oldest continuous operational mounted unit in the world, older than both the London and Royal Canadian Mounted Police!
Page Last Updated: 4 October 2013