Thousands flock to Esplanade Park for One Day in Fremantle

Kate Miller-Heidke.
Kate Miller-Heidke.

THOUSANDS of people gathered in Esplanade Park on Sunday to celebrate One Day in Fremantle.

Crowds danced and sang along to Baker Boy, Djuki Mala, Kate Miller-Heidke and DJ Kevin Parker, and enjoyed a variety of bush tucker stalls, face painting and activities.

Christine Ross held an Aboriginal flag throughout and said they were enjoying celebrating with everyone at the event.

“It’s about celebrating with all Australians today. It’s not that hard, just change the date,” Ms Ross said.

“We are celebrating different nationalities here and we feel very proud to celebrate.”

Corina Abraham, who was selling kangaroo wraps and raising money for home dialysis, described One Day in Fremantle as a day of unity.

“It is a day where we don’t feel grief or sadness of what my ancestors went through,” she said.

Mikayla, Jorel and Jamahl were among those who were particularly looking forward to seeing performers Djuki Mala and Baker Boy.

“It’s a Sunday, everyone can celebrate, there’s nothing negative about it,” Jamahl said.

Bindi Bindi Dreaming founder Marissa Verma painted faces of children and adults and said she was excited to be returning this year.

“For us it’s more about reconciliation,” she said.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was nice to see so many people enjoying the day.

“It is what I have always loved about Freo,” he said. “Crowds are really diverse and there is a real sense of inclusion.”

Dr Pettitt said that he had every intention of holding the event again next year.

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