Yesterday, six years ago, World Youth Day was held at Randwick Racecourse and Pope Benedict XVI came through Centennial Park. Remember it? Here’s how we saw it!

The final mass was on 20 July 2008 and we spent more than two years planning for an expected 200,000 people to come to Centennial Park as part of an overflow event. While the main mass over at the Racecourse seemed quite successful, the numbers coming to Centennial Park were about 198,000 short of expectation!

It was a pleasant day nonetheless…here’s some pics:

 

The crowds begin to gather in Centennial Park...

The crowds begin to gather in Centennial Park…

 

...and the event site was well catered for.

…and the event site was well catered for.

 

Celebrations were underway in anticipation

Celebrations were underway in anticipation…

 

...and here comes the Pope Mobile!

…and here comes the Pope Mobile!

 

"Umm...did that Pope Mobile look empty to you?"

“Umm…did that Pope Mobile look empty to you?”

 

Where was the Pope if not in his Pope Mobile?

For an unexplained reason (perhaps someone can help with this information?) the Pope was brought through in a sedan following the Pope Mobile a few minutes later.

Aah, there he is finally on the big screen.

Aah, there he is finally on the big screen.

 

Although a good day out, crowd numbers in Centennial Park were down....making it easy to be spotted (ouch, sorry...)

Although a good day out, crowd numbers in Centennial Park were down….making it easy to be spotted (ouch, sorry…)

 

 


Did you attend World Youth Day? Did you come to Centennial Park? What are your memories about this time?

Want more information on World Youth Day 2008 – here’s the Sydney Morning Herald’s collection of articles and images.

 

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