RESIDENTS and visitors from near and far reveled in the music, food and culture one of Wagga's biggest festivals today.
Set across Victory Memorial Gardens and Civic Centre Precinct, the annual Fusion Multicultural Street Festival put on a grand display.
From the Filipino Cultural Dance Troupe to the Shinwa-kai Karate Club of Australia to the Hot Potato Band, the crowd was kept immersed.
Taste buds were also kept satisfied with authentic food from all over the world. Among the attendees were Sanjay Patil, who moved to Wagga from India seven years ago.
Mr Patil, who has been attending the event for the past seven years, received his Australian Citizenship only a few hours before the festival started.
"This a really good opportunity for the multi-talented and multicultural groups to show their traditional cultures, including the beautiful food and music" Mr Patil said.
"It's really good for all to come together to celebrate here. It's a great time for families and friends."
"A lot of people coming together to see the multi-talented displays here," Mr Patil said.
Among the those from out of town were Multicultural NSW CEO Joseph La Posta, who came from Sydney.
Mr La Posta said it was a positive to see Wagga's "multicultural celebrations in full flight".
"They're going to have something between 10,000 and 12,500 people here today, which is an incredible achievement," he said.
"It's one of the largest multicultural festivals in Australia and certainly in NSW."
Mr La Posta said other cities have something to learn from Wagga's event.
"Wagga has been one of those cities that's embraced multiculturalism."
He thanked the Wagga multicultural and city councils, saying they were "the glue that brings us all together".
Besides the music and food, there were also fun and games for all, including totem tennis and hula hoops.
Event goers also enjoyed playing the drums in traditional African style.