DOWNTOWN GLENDALE — The ninth annual Unity Fest on Sunday was bigger than ever, with dozens of performers, craftsmen, cultures and cuisines featured in the celebration along Brand Boulevard.
Thousands of area residents checked out vendors and exhibitions and sampled the culinary diversity of Glendale.
For Glendale resident Murray Ansell, the day represents a valuable idea.
"Bringing people together is great," he said with a slight New Zealand accent. "I just think the whole concept is great."
For his twin 12-year-old boys, the highlight was the ice cream and red velvet cupcakes.
"And the Italian ice was good," said Andrew Ansell.
Hispanic, Asian, European and other traditions were displayed throughout the five-hour event, which culminated with the city donating three buses and six police motorcycles to the Mexican city of Rosarito Beach, one of Glendale's sister cities.
"I love Unity Fest," said Joylene Wagner, vice president of the Glendale Unified Board of Education and a member of the Unity Fest planning committee. "It's a great community event and gets people out and listening to each other."