Community Unity Day offers a party with a purpose

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Hundreds gathered in Byrd Park Sunday to participate in Community Unity Day.

The event was billed as a huge, community-wide family reunion.

“We call it the mega-family reunion. Just a bunch of different families from all over the city for a day fo fun and fellowship,” Connie McGowan, an event organizer described.

Folks from across the area gathered for free food, arts and crafts, bounce houses and a health clinic.

8News spoke with Sharon Slade, a volunteer at the event.

“We all belong here,” Slade said. “Not just black people. Not just white people. It’s all people … I think this is a great event to show that we can come together without gun violence, without physical violence, without domestic violence and we can unite, have fun and just enjoy each other as people.”

In addition, there were also puppies to be adopted and tours of fire trucks.

“The city is at unrest,” McGowan said. “So I think this gives us kind of a break. It doesn’t make us forget it. It just gives us a break from the everyday mundane.”

Last year the event drew more than 1,000 people. No official count yet on this year’s event, but the group is already planning on hosting the event next year on July 15.

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