Penrith's Festival of Green pulls the crowds for St Patrick's Day celebration

Penrith celebrated St Patrick's Day with a Festival of the Green turning the Central Business District into a family fair with dozens of local stalls, music, dance, street performers and exhibits.

Organised by the Penrith CBD Corporation, thousands of locals and and those not so local

converged on the CBD braving unseasonal hot weather, a high of 35 degrees compared to 22 degrees for the same day last year.

The main street and adjoining side roads became a hive of activity with food vans, car and truck exhibits, carnival rides, rock climbing, dozens of stalls and street entertainers.

Children's activities including face painting, art and crafts, an animal petting zoo and the centre stage in Memory Park which featured a six-hour program of song and dance.

Many local businesses set up stalls taking advantage of the market style focus reflecting the spirit of the day.

At 12.30pm Main Street activities were put on hold to allow a street parade from Station Street to Castlereagh Street. This featured cadets from all three branches of the Armed Froces, vintage military vehicles, sporting and dance groups, cartoon characters, the State Emergency Service, animal support organisations, stilt walkers (awesome costumes!), hot rods and motorcycles, vintage Holden cars and vintage fire trucks.

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