A crowd of up to 25,000 people welcomed in 2013 in Parramatta’s river foreshore on New Year’s Eve.
This was the third year Parramatta Council's New Year festivities were held at the Parramatta River foreshore and the crowd was treated to a night of free family entertainment.
Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said the night’s events were fantastic and were enjoyed by all.
“It was a spectacular end to 2012 and the biggest and largest New Year’s celebrations ever held in Parramatta,” Cr Chedid said.
“The huge turnout shows the appetite of people in our city for more localised events.
"Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve celebrations were perfect for those who didn’t want the hassle of travelling into Sydney.
"There was plenty of family-friendly entertainment, early fireworks, a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere and an easy journey home after 9.00pm."
The night's program included kids variety show the Amazing Drumming Monkeys, cover bands Phonic and Superstitious and a variety of roving performances and rides.
The evening also featured a jet-ski display from world-renowned stunt team H20 Entertainment, which provided the audience with the opportunity to get uniquely close to the action.
Cr Chedid said "crowds stretched along the foreshore, and thousands more packed into nearby streets to watch the fireworks finale which marked the start of an exciting year for Parramatta and its residents".