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Citizens Step Up After Carrick Parish Cancels Festival Over Reports Of Fighting

The Zone 3 Public Safety Council will host a fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Grandview Park in lieu of St. Basil’s annual Homecoming Festival scheduled for this weekend. 

The Carrick parish opted to cancel three days of festivities due to reported fighting between teenagers on Brownsville Road earlier in the week.

The festival is the church’s main fundraiser. Police will be present at the abbreviated celebration.

District 4 Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak called it “disappointing and concerning.” She said she’s gotten emails and calls about the cancelation all day.

“I’m personally a member and a resident of the community, and I’m also an elected official and even I’m frustrated because so many of the issues we deal with in our community like crimes, drugs and violence aren’t directly in my control,” she said.

A message on the parish answering machine said officials would reimburse those who had pre-purchased tickets.