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Taronga 100-year celebration in Sydney CBD

AAP logoAAP 14/10/2016

A "dazzling cavalcade of light" will snake its way through Sydney's CBD to commemorate Taronga Zoo's 100 birthday.

A thousand dressed up people and 10 giant light sculptures will parade down Macquarie Street to Hyde Park, finishing up at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday night.

"It's going to be a real dancing, jumping, light-filled spectacle of celebration," Taronga Zoo director of marketing and fundraising Libby Hodgson told AAP.

TV presenter Rove McManus will host celebrations on the steps of the Opera House once the parade ends.

It's the second time the zoo has held a parade through the city - 100 years ago Jessie the elephant led the first Taronga Zoo march of live animals through the city centre on their way to their new home in Mosman.

The zoo, known for its spectacular views of Sydney, has changed a lot since opening in October 1916 with elephant rides, tiny trains and a monkey circus replaced with educational programs and a conservation focus.

Ignatius Jones, the creative director of Vivid, has designed the parade and promises to honour the zoo with "an absolutely dazzling cavalcade of light".

"This will be the most amazing parade that Sydney has seen in a 100 years," he said.

Major roads will be closed in the CBD from 7pm to 9.30pm including Macquarie, College and Hunter streets.

The parade kicks off at 8pm.

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