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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hundreds of people turned out for the Easter Sunday community fest at Lonnie Miller Park.

County councilman Reggie Brown said the event is the first of its kind for the Northside. He said he hopes the event sends clear message to the First Coast.

"The Northside is a safe place to be. We can have an event like this without violence. There needs to be more events like this, for this part of the community," Brown said.

He said there were some concerns about vandalism in the park last week. However, Brown said that was a group of people who got together without a permit.

Brown said this event is permitted and he has no safety or security concerns. Nearly a dozen police cars were at Sunday's event.

The event organizer said there are vendors, live music featuring local artists and the event itself, which runs until 7:45 p.m, is free.

"We really can get together without violence. Every side (of town) has its up and downs, but the north side needs more events like this." Eve Williams, who lives on the Westside said.

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