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Taronga plans parade through Sydney's CBD

AAP logoAAP 15/09/2016

One hundred years after the first Taronga Zoo animals, led by Jessie the elephant, walked through Sydney's CBD on their way to their new home, the zoo is putting on another march through the city.

A light-filled parade of more than a thousand people will snake from Hyde Park to the Sydney Opera House to celebrate Taronga's 100th birthday.

The parade will take place on October 15 and will feature 10 light sculptures of animals and 800 school children with lanterns and glow in the dark onesies escorted by zoo keepers like the original animals.

The parade will start at Hyde Park at 8pm and finish with a choreographed performance on the steps of the Opera House.

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.

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