The spiritual connection between Ulladulla's first people, Italian fishing families and those that now call it home was celebrated at the 2019 Blessing of the Fleet Festival.
The 63rd edition of the festival, which has been run by Rotary Club of Milton Ulladulla since 2008, drew thousands of people to the seaside town on Easter Sunday.
From 10am people hit the streets of Ulladulla to take in markets, food stalls, children's games and as well as listen to performers such as Josh Rawiri and Elton - the Young Years on the Civic Centre lawns.
The crowd then lined the Princes Highway for the colourful Milton Ulladulla Ex Servo's Blessing of the Fleet parade.
Twenty-three princesses aboard 17 floats, Milton Showgirls, community service organisations and emergency services participated in the parade which celebrates the youth of the district.
Jet Boone and Lauren Percival partnered by Gaige Saunders and Brodie Whalan were awarded the best float of the parade with their Grease-inspired float by a panel of judges. They finished ahead of Alice in Wonderland, Disney, Ancient Egypt and the Bee Movie.
During the official ceremony by Ulladulla Habour, Budawang elder Noel Butler spoke of the connection forged between Italian migrants and Aboriginal people in the 1930s and 1940s.
Father Michael Dyer also spoke of how Australia first people, Italians families have cared for each other and the fleet.
2019 Princess of the Fleet Madalyn Woods praised the supports of sponsors, the princesses' dance teachers, the Blessing of the Fleet committee, family and friends and her fellow princesses for their efforts over the past few months to prepare for the wonderful day.
Fr Dyer and Mr Butler then boarded a Marine Rescue Ulladulla vessel as they blessed the local fishing fleet, wishing them safe sailing and good catches over the next year.
Following the ceremony, families stuck around for entertainment on the Civic Centre lawns and Bannister's Beach Games by the harbour.
The Mollymook Golf Club Fireworks will close the 2019 event about 6pm.