MORE than 25,000 people turned up to Club Marconi on Sunday to celebrate its annual Italian Republic Day festival.
The day began with a Mass, followed by a speech by club president Vince Foti, who welcomed dignitaries including the consul general of Italy Sergio Martes, Premier Barry O'Farrell, McMahon federal MP Chris Bowen, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Fairfield state Labor MP Guy Zangari and Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone.
Highlight of the day was a spectacular outdoor gala, featuring performances from Joey Fimmano, tenor Matthew Dal Cin, Australia's Got Talent's Jacinta Guillisano and cabaret artist Nonna Cata.
There were also Ducati bike displays and plenty of market stalls, which were all popular.
The day ended with a spectacular fireworks display.
Mr Foti said the club was proud to host the biggest day on the Italian calendar.
"This much-loved community day is Club Marconi's way of showcasing the best of Italian culture, entertainment, food, wine and traditions in one fabulous event," he said.
"We are proud that it brings together vibrant Italian communities from all over Sydney.
"Today it is enjoyed by so many people of different backgrounds at our club."
The annual Festa della Repubblica marks the day in 1946 that Italians voted to abolish the monarchy and become a republic.