'Viva Italia. Viva Australia' | Thousands celebrate Italian Republic Day

Club Marconi's premier event on the calendar, Italian Republic Day or Festa Della Repubblica seems to grow in popularity each year and is now one of the biggest Italian festivals in the country.

This year was no different. Perfect weather greeted the 2019 installment of the celebration of Italian culture, traditions and pride which started with a traditional Italian mass celebrated by Father Anthony Fregolent and backed by the Marconi choir.

The large crowds feasted on food from more than 80 food and specialty stalls including pizza, porchetta, panini, gnocchi, cannoli, terrone, cristoli, zeppole, gelato and chestnuts all washed down with copious amounts of good Italian coffee.

There was non-stop entertainment on the main stage and rides, a car show, slides, dodgem cars, haunted houses, jumping castles, showbags, wandering entertainers, stilt walkers, musicians and a spectacular closing firework display.

The crowds were joined by a long list of dignitaries including Fairfiled mayor Frank Carbone who said it was a day to remember what their ancestors fought for, as well as a day to look forward and to continue to fight for what we believe in now.

Dr Francesco Giacobbe, an Italian senator, said Club Marconi was the heart and soul of Sydney's Italian community.

Club Marconi president Vince Foti said that while the club actively promoted and imparted the values of their rich Italian heritage, they also recognised, embraced and welcomed other cultures that were part of their wider community with their "open arms" policy.

His parting words were "Viva Italia. Viva Australia."