Parramatta (Press Release): Home to many different nationalities, City of Parramatta is set to host the largest ever Australia Day citizenship ceremony as part of its all-day Australia Day celebrations in Parramatta Park on Saturday 26 January 2018.

Syed-Atiq-ul-Hassan receiving Citizenship Award of the Year 2018 from Lord Mayor of Parramatta Surray Hassan in the middle and Kumand Mirani on Right December 18, 2017

Syed-Atiq-ul-Hassan receiving Citizenship Award of the Year 2018 from Lord Mayor of Parramatta Surray Hassan in the middle and Kumand Mirani on Right December 18, 2017

More than 1,400 local residents will take an oath and become Australia’s newest citizens during a traditional Welcome Ceremony, which will conclude with a performance by internationally-renowned Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project.

“Throughout 2018, City of Parramatta has proudly welcomed 1,450 new citizens, and we are honoured to be hosting such a large gathering as part of our Australia Day celebrations,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

“Parramatta is, and has always been, a welcoming, inclusive and multicultural City. As the home of a large migrant population, our great City is a rich melting pot of cultures and nationalities – which makes it the perfect location for this wonderful event.”

The City is working closely with Darug elders and senior community leaders to invite its Aboriginal community members to help welcome the new citizens. Approximately 500 Aboriginal children and dancers will perform as part of the Welcome Ceremony, where everyone will be invited to join the corroboree sand circle.

Parramatta’s Australia Day Ambassador, distinguished journalist, public speaker and actor, Kumud Merani will MC the Citizenship Ceremony which commences at 9.30am. The Welcome Ceremony, which precedes the Citizenship Ceremony, will commence at 7.45am and award-winning Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project will perform live from 10.30am.

The Australia Day celebrations will kick off at 6am with a hot-air balloon display and will also feature the annual showcase of classic and vintage vehicles, the Big BBQ competition, the grand final of the Parravision talent competition, and a variety of kids’ workshops and activities. The program will conclude with a free concert starring 12 legendary Aussie rock performers and a fireworks display.

For more information on the Welcome and citizenship ceremonies, or the Australia Day in Parramatta program visit www.ausdayparramatta.com.au

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