Grand Parade

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.

The 2014 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. 

Starz TV 
Catch the STARS on STARStv. Join the STARS community. Games and fun activities. 

R.G. Music
Roseanna Gallo OAM of R G Music is hosting again this year's Granny Smith Singing Star Competition.   

Castle Hill RSL Pipe Band
Operating for over 75 years with continual service to the community.  

City of Ryde Waste Department

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.

Eastwood Public School
Eastwood Public School is proudly represented in the parade today by students, parents and teachers. Established in 1923, the school prioritieses the achievement of personal excellence, the development within all studetns of a ommitment to lifelong learning, ensuring all students have a genuine sense of belonging within the school community and an appreication of diversity.

Falun Dafa Association of NSW Inc
Ancient Chinese self-improvement practice for mind, body and spirit.

Zong De Chinese Dancing Group

Eastwood Uniting Church
Go along to the corner of Hillview and Lakeside Roads for free coffee, tea and cakes at Granny Smith.

Tzu Chi Australia
Tzu Chi is a Buddhist-based charity organization founded 49 years ago in Taiwan. It is a NGO accredited by the United Nations with branches in 50 countries.

Inspire Bellydance

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.

Eastwood Chiinese Senior Citizens Club

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.

Chinese Australian Baptist Church - West Ryde
Local church

Phoenix Beauty Group
Local Eastwood beauty service

Marsden High School
Culturally-diverse co-educational school.

Northern District Chinese Christian Church Sydney
North District Chinese Christian Church Sydney is a local community church based in North Epping. Our ministries and worships spread across 2 locations in North Epping and Marsfield(Epping Boys High School).

Young Life Ryde
Young Life Ryde is a dynamic youth ministry organisation that exists to bring confidence, resilience and values to our local high school young people. We serve locally in Marsden High and hold a weekly club at Ryde Uniting Church that is a fun and safe space for teens to connect with trained adult mentors. We also hold regular camps both locally and nationally and have a waterski program, Ski Mission that takes youth out for adventurous days on the water, wakeboarding and skiing.

Church of the Good Shepherd
The Church of the Good Shepherd-affectionately known as 'COGS', has been serving Ryde since 1985. They've been part of the Granny Smith Festival for almost as long! The Church meets every Sunday at 10am at the new community hall at the Royal Rehabilitation Centre.The theme for their float this year is Eternity, asking 'where will you spend your Eternity?' Drop by their stall today and have a chat about Eternity.

Ryde-Epping Greens
Ryde-Epping Greens - working for better planning; reneuable energy; public transport and caring for the environment and community.

Unions NSW
Unions NSW-Sydney supporting Ryde local community union alliance connecting people who live and work in the area.  

Link Housing
Link Housing is the largest community housing provider on the North Shore. Link provides affordable housing to over 2000 people, many of whom live in Ryde and Eastwood. Link is committed to linking up their tenants to the wider community.

DefiniteLee Dance Performance Studios
DefiniteLee Dance Performance Studios is a dance studio in North Rocks offering ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop & contempory classes to boys & girls from 3-18 yrs of age. Our students achieve ihghly in all performances, competitions & ballet exams and have performed at interstate events such as Dreamworld on the Gold Coast.

Holmans Betta Eastwood
Holmans Betta Eastwood, local family business celebrating 50 years in Eastwood. Selling fridges, washers, TVs and electrical appliances.

Sydney Korean Womens Association
The Sydney Korean Women's Association is non-profit organisation that supports women (Korean & other nationalities) who are culturally and linguistically disadvantaged and it's their aim to empower them so in time they can support their families to interact successfully into Australian society.

Able Education
Able Education is a college specialising in English literature and Shakespeare

Ryde SES
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: 25 September 2014

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