Organisers promised the best Parramasala ever and they didn’t disappoint.
Thousands flocked to Parramatta on Friday for the opening night festivities.
Hundreds lined Church Street for the parade before heading to Prince Alfred Square for a night of food, culture and entertainment.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian officially opened the event.
“What’s so special about Parramasala is that it joins the heart of Sydney together,” the Premier told the crowd.
“We each have a story to tell and culture to share and I can’t be any prouder of what Parramasala represents.”
More than 40,000 attended over the three days, including 8000 on Friday night.
“There was so much for people to do and see,” festival director Di Henry said.
“We made better use of Prince Alfred Square, especially with the two stages. I had friends who came from the eastern suburbs and north shore. They were there for hours, rushing around to see everything.”
Popular activities included entertainment, cooking demonstrations, camel rides and technology hub.
Planning is already underway to make 2018 even better.
“There are things that can be tweaked,” Ms Henry said.
“We are looking to rearrange festivities on the river foreshore so they’re better positioned next year. We’re also looking at less food stalls and more focus on jewellery and fashion.”