What and when is Taronga’s 100 Year Parade?
On Saturday 15th October, 10 giant animal light sculptures will light up Macquarie Street, starting from Hyde Park at 8pm and finishing with a spectacular grand finale performance at the Sydney Opera House. Come along for a night of free entertainment, song, dance and celebration as we Stand Up #FortheWild!
Do we have to buy a ticket to watch the parade?
This is a FREE event and is guaranteed to be a great night out with your friends and family.
Where is the Taronga Parade?
The Taronga Parade starts at Hyde Park North (near Archibald Fountain) at 8pm, Saturday 15 October and will move down Macquarie Street, finishing with a grand finale performance in the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House.
How do I get there?
We recommend you travel by public transport to the Parade. It’s easy to plan your trip at http://www.transportnsw.info.
St James and Circular Quay Railway Stations are a short walk to Macquarie Street where the parade will start (close to the Archibald Fountain).
Opal Cards are the easiest and quickest way to pay for your fare. Get more information on obtaining an Adult, Child or Pensioner Opal card at https://www.opal.com.au/en/get-an-opal-card/
NB: The following road closures will apply:
- College Street north bound between William Street and Prince Albert Road
- Prince Albert Road east bound between St Marys Road and Macquarie Street
- Prince Albert Road north bound between College Street and Macquarie Street
- St James Road between Elizabeth Street and Macquarie Street
- Macquarie Street full length Hyde Park north to Opera House roundabout
- Hunter Street between Phillip Street (south) and Macquarie Street
- Phillip Lane access onto Macquarie Street Contra flow access onto Phillip Street
- Staggered reopening of roads will occur when last float passes each cross road
Wilson and Secure Parking on Macquarie St will not be available for entry or exit during the road closures.
How do I view the Parade?
The following offer excellent viewing locations;
- Queens Square adjacent to Hyde Park North
- Hyde Park Barracks Square (Cnr Macquarie St & Prince Albert Road)
- Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Cnr Macquarie and Conservatorium Road)
- Sydney Opera House Forecourt (located at the bottom of the western stairs)
You can also view the parade as it moves along the route on Macquarie Street to the Sydney Opera House.
A Dedicated Accessible Viewing Area is located on Queens Square, corner of Macquarie St and St James Road.
Can I or my children join in the Parade?
School children have been invited from a number of schools across NSW to partake in the parade. Due to the choreographed nature of the dance and performance we’re afraid additional dancers aren’t possible.
What should I wear?
We recommend comfortable shoes, and bring a warm jacket or jumper.
In the event of wet weather, ponchos are an excellent alternative to carrying umbrellas which obstruct the view can be difficult to manoeuvre in crowds.
What should I bring?
We recommend you bring adequate water and food and we encourage you to look after the environment by limiting the amount of packaging you leave behind.
Will there be Parade novelty items for sale?
A range of items will be available to purchase from a team of roving mobile agents, FOR CASH ONLY.
At the moment the animal onesies featured in the parade aren’t available for sale.
Why were the animals moved through Sydney 100 years ago?
The first zoological site in Sydney was actually in Moore Park back in 1879. Its popularity saw the zoo grow in size and therefore a new location for the zoo was found in Mosman. This however meant all the animals had to move through the CBD and on to a barge across Sydney harbour to their new home in Mosman. Taronga Zoo officially opened 100 years ago on October 7 1916.
How can people support Taronga?
This is a FREE event, and Taronga is encouraging everyone to come along and Stand Up #ForTheWild, however you can help Taronga's Centenary Species by making a donation.
For just $9 you could help our Wildlife Hospital treat a turtle injured by ingesting plastic debris. Make a donation now https://taronga.org.au/stand-up-for-the-wild
How will the money donated by the public be used?
All money donated will help us kick-start a lifetime conservation commitment for our 10 legacy species. Taronga has made a future commitment to support 10 critical species, and over this time effectively turn around their fate so they can not only survive but thrive for another 100 years. Five are native to Australia, like the Platypus and the Bilby, and five are on the brink of extinction in Sumatra – a biodiversity hotspot of critical natural importance right on Australia’s doorstep. In this pivotal 100th year, in addition to our existing programs we are setting a grand course to make a lasting and positive impact on the future of several charismatic and vitally important animal species.
How do I stay up-to-date with exciting parade updates?
Make sure you Join our Facebook Event for updates on our 100 Year Birthday Parade & don't forget to share your experience #ForTheWild.