Glendale residents joined more than 1,000 others Tuesday evening from the Southern California Armenian community in celebration of Armenian Independence Day at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
"This marks Armenia's rebirth as a nation," said Consul General of Armenia Grigor Hovhannissian, whose office is based in Glendale. "Back in Armenia, people converge in a large area late in the evening to celebrate."
It marked the 19th anniversary of the Republic of Armenia.
The event was co-sponsored by the Armenian American Chamber of Commerce and featured an array of food and entertainment. The gala was held in conjunction with the opening of the 13th annual Arpa International Film Festival.
During its 13 years, the festival has featured the work of hundreds of emerging Armenian and international filmmakers, Hovhannissian said, and it was a way to introduce the Armenian community to the film festival, which is continuing through Sunday.
"By combining the two events, we thought it would give the film festival a boost," he said. "It worked pretty well, as more than 1,000 people attended the opening event."