Thousands attended Georges River Council's Lunar New Year Festival at Hurstville today to welcome in the Year of the Rat.
They were welcomed by Georges River mayor Kevin Greene who officially opened the festivities.
Councillor Greene hailed the Lunar New Year festival as a fantastic community event that brings together the diverse cultures and traditions that make the Georges River area.
"Georges River area has proudly celebrated Lunar New Year since 2002, and the festival has grown to be the largest one-day Lunar New Year Festival in Sydney," he said.
"Our Lunar New Year celebrations attract up to 50,000 people from all across Sydney, showcasing the wonderful harmony and diversity of our city and demonstrating Council's commitment to celebrating our rich and vibrant local heritage.
"The festival continues to evolve and becomes more exciting and entertaining each year. We hope enjoyed this morning's colourful street parade along Forest Road with all the wonderful floats, dragon dancers and music.
"Local businesses and community volunteers play an integral part in this event, and their continual involvement has largely contributed to the festival's success year after year, so thank you to all of you for your generosity and community spirit.
"I wish you good health, prosperity, happiness and good fortune in this Year of the Rat.
"Kung Hei Fat Choi."