Party was a quacker

A quacking good time was had by the thousands of people who attended Sydney Festival Parramatta's free opening party on Friday night.

The number of revellers reached a record high and, for the first time in two years, there was not a drop of rain felt at the event.

There were waiting lines for nearly all the restaurants on Church Street and a queue outside Riverside Theatres courtyard as keen dancers waited for DJ act Hot Dub Time Machine.

A stream of people followed yellow duck prints down to Parramatta Park to see the five-storey art installation Rubber Duck floating on the river.

Parramatta resident Thomas Downie, 23, said although he had seen pictures of the inflatable duck before, it was different in real life.

"It was an awful lot bigger than I thought it would be. I was actually quite awe-struck when I saw it," Mr Downie said.

Festival director Lieven Bertels said the remaining festival events at Riverside Theatres had now either sold out or were close to it.

"That's one of the things that makes us very happy. We seem to have nailed it with the program for Parramatta," Mr Bertels said.

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