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SunRice Festival will roll through Leeton

Leeton businesses and residents will soon receive information outlining local road closures planned for one of Australia’s most colourful, traditional street parades during the 2016 Leeton SunRice Festival this Easter.

Leeton SunRice Festival Director, Sally Doig said the McDonalds Leeton Street Parade through Leeton’s main street on Easter Saturday was a key event in the festival, with a number of colourful and imaginative floats already being planned by local community groups this year.

“This is the 24th biennial Leeton SunRice Festival and the region truly has a lot to celebrate,” Mrs Doig said. “We traditionally attract a lot of vintage cars and car clubs, hot air balloon enthusiasts, community and sporting groups to the street parade. This is a great opportunity for groups and families to take a road trip to experience the hospitality of regional NSW.”

In order for the street parade to take place, a number of significant road closures will be in place on Saturday 26th March 2016 including the closure of Kurrajong and Pine avenues that will be closed from approximately 11am and will reopen immediately following the completion of the street Parade. Roads surrounding Mountford Park will also be affected in order to accommodate the very popular MicrotechDPS Festival on Mountford.

“We know that some of these road closures can be disruptive so we want to take the opportunity to thank the local community for their ongoing support of our event,” Mrs Doig said.

Throughout the weekend there will be a number of key events, including daily hot air balloon flights and Balloon Glow, Open Gardens, festivities in Mountford Park, Skate Championships and Leeton’s Longest Lunch, just to name a few. More information on events and a copy of the full program can be downloaded from The Leeton SunRice Festival website.

“As in past years, we are expecting thousands of people to take part in Festival activities in Leeton this coming Easter and they won’t be disappointed with the great line-up of family activities on offer,” Mrs Doig said. “The McDonalds Leeton Street Parade attracts floats of all shapes and sizes from all sectors of the community, with well-wishers lining the footpaths to wave as the parade and entertainers pass by.”

The procession ends at Mountford Park, where the MicrotechDPS Festival on Mountford begins, including performances by local artists, a variety of food and drink stalls to satisfy all tastes and the announcement of the 2016 Leeton SunRice Festival Ambassador.

Individual floats and groups of vehicles, marchers or bands are welcome to register their interest in becoming part of the street parade by downloading a registration form from www.leetonsunricefestival.com.au

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