Light fantastic on New Year's Eve

PARRAMATTA will celebrate New Year's Eve with a bang.

Residents and visitors will welcome 2014 with an action-packed party on the Parramatta River foreshore and at the Parade Ground of the Old King's School site.

Last year a record crowd of up to 25,000 people cheered in 2013.

This year, the Parade Ground has opened to include the Family Zone and to cater to more families attending Parramatta's New Year's Eve celebrations.

At the Family Zone there will be children's performances, music, food, rides, roaming acts and a laser water and fireworks display from 9pm.

At the River Zone, located on the Parramatta River foreshore between Lennox Bridge and Elizabeth Street Footbridge, there will be music, food, jet-ski and fireworks display at 9pm.

Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said an exciting program was planned for New Year's Eve celebrations.

"The Family Zone at the Parade Ground has been tailor made for families with a fantastic line-up of entertainment, which will culminate in a spectacular laser, water and fireworks display," Cr Chedid said.

"At the River Zone, the popular jet-ski performance will be on again, along with live music and food stalls." Cr Chedid encouraged visitors to choose a spot to relax, watch the fireworks and entertainment early in the day.

"I encourage people to get there early to secure the best vantage point an plan ahead as there will be some road closures," he said. "Bring your picnic blanket and settle in for a fun-filled evening."

Parramatta's New Year's Eve is an alcohol-free event.

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