UNITING COMMUNITIES—Thousands of people came out to the North Side Oldtimers Unity Day. (Photo by J. L. Martello)

UNITING COMMUNITIES—Thousands of people came out to the North Side Oldtimers Unity Day. (Photo by J. L. Martello)

The North Side Oldtimers annual unity gathering was blessed with good weather and more than 5,000 residents from 19 North Side neighborhoods who gathered together for food, comradery and fellowship.

“We have God on our side. This is his program. He just wants us to manage it,” said North Side Oldtimers co-founder Fred “Scrappy” Bulls.

The weekend included a drum corps group performance, pony rides, and an anti-violence march and Praise in the Park on Aug. 21.

“I felt good about what the Oldtimers having this” said 10-year-old North Side resident Evan McKenzie. “People should stop shooting because it’s not polite and other people need their lives. It wouldn’t feel good if someone shot you.”

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