Mount Isa embraced cultural diversity through the 24th annual multicultural festival on Friday September 6.
Multicultural Affairs Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Mount Isa was a shining example of a multicultural success story.
"This year's festival was celebrating all things Irish, following last year's focus on the contributions of the Finnish people to Mount Isa's mining history," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"But it's not about whether you're from Ireland or Finland or if you're one of our First Nations people.
"This festival is about coming together to celebrate our differences and our diversity and knowing that we are all one, that we all belong."
Mr Hinchliffe said the Palaszczuk Government was proud to support the festival with funding from the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program.
"Mount Isa is the 12th most culturally diverse Local Government Area in Queensland and home to almost 22,000 people, more than 16 per cent of whom were born overseas," he said.
Chairman of the Festival Committee Tony McGrady said he was amazed at the turn out.
"People participated in preparing their national foods, traditional costumes and came together as one community in their thousands," McGrady said.
It was also announced that next year the festival will focus on the sub-continent's contributions to Mount Isa.
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