West Ryde Easter Parade & Fair on Saturday

Prizewinners in the Best Decorated Easter Bonnets competition at last year’s West Ryde Easter Parade & Fair. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO

All roads lead to West Ryde this Saturday for the 25th annual West Ryde Easter Parade & Fair in the streets of West Ryde and in West Ryde Plaza.

Fair opens at 9am with a record number of street stalls, craft, food, novelties, rides and children’s entertainments including a petting zoo and reptiles display.

Grand Easter Parade kicks off from Miriam Park at 9.15am led by dancers and musicians of West Ryde’s Church of the Good Shepherd and local churches followed by school groups, sporting and social clubs to the official opening stage on West Ryde Plaza.

More than $5,500 in prizes can be won for Best Easter Bonnets in the Grand Parade, Best Decorated Wheels and $2,000 cash is up for grabs in the TWT Ryde-Eastwood Hawks Gold Cup Singing Star Contest conducted by Roseanna Gallo OAM.

The TWT Ryde Hawks $2,000 Gold Cup Singing Star Contest heats will be performed in the West Ryde Community Centre from 12.15pm, with the finals on West Ryde Plaza centre stage at 2.55pm.

Inquiries and late entries to Roseanna Gallo OAM email: [email protected] or phone 0418 692 410.

More than $5,500 in prizes will be won on the day for Best Entry Easter Bonnets in the Grand Parade, Best Decorated Wheels, Best Bunting entry and TWT Poster Coloring Contest including $2,000 cash for TWT Ryde Eastwood Hawks Gold Cup Singing Star Contest on West Ryde Plaza.

Easter Parade starts 9.15am to Fair in West Ryde Plaza

This year’s Grand Easter Parade kicks off from Miriam Park at 9.15am this Saturday to the main stage in West Ryde Plaza via Reserve Street, Anthony Road, West Parade along Victoria Road and into Chatham Road.

The festival celebrates its silver anniversary this year 25 years after its inception by The Weekly Times and West Ryde Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and is now regarded as the largest Easter event in the City of Ryde.

This year’s festival has been organised by a committee headed by the dynamic duo of chairman Artin Etmekdjian and secretary Nora Etmekdjian and community representatives Lindsay Mar, Philip Brown of The Church of the Good Shepherd and Philip W Brown of Neighbourhood Watch, Bill Payne of Ryde Rotary Club, Milton Bartlett of Meadowbank West Ryde Progress Association, Rob Senior, Tony Tang, John F Booth AM The Weekly Times and representatives of Ryde City Council Events team.

This year’s festival will be centred on the West Ryde Plaza for the fist time including the main entertainment stage.

Major prizes will be awarded for Best Easter Bonnets and Best Wheels contests which will be judged and awarded immediately after the grand parade.

Children can gain unlimited rides on a wide variety of entertainments including giant slide, jumping castle, mechanical horses, 9-D cinema, petting zoo, reptile display, racing car rides, flying elephants and more for just $15 with the first 500 receiving a Festival Fair Showbag for free.