NOT even a rainy Monday could stop a crowd of people coming out to proudly march for NAIDOC Week in Newcastle.
The week which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples started on Sunday.
In the city, the march took off from Brake Block Park at Honeysuckle and continued down to the foreshore, with a formal flag raising officially opening the NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Residents are encouraged to head down to Foreshore Park on Monday for a family fun day which runs until 2pm.
The community festival includes market stalls, food, kids amusements, music and entertainment by screen star Steven Oliver, Christine Anu and Indigenous chef Mark Olive.
In Lake Macquarie NAIDOC celebrations will begin on Tuesday with the Westlakes Family Fun Day.
A flag raising ceremony will be held at the council's administration building at Speers Point on Wednesday, July 10, and end with the Eastlakes Family Fun Day on Friday, July 19.
"NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for all of us to support our local Aboriginal community and recognise and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples," Lake Macquarie City Council's community partnerships manager Andrew Bryant said.
"I encourage the community to get involved in the events planned throughout NAIDOC Week, particularly given this year's theme - Voice. Treaty. Truth. - is all about working together for a shared future."
The Westlakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day will be held at Toronto Foreshore from 10am to 3pm.
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