Each of these groups have some kind of mission to help better the community.
The Guardians of the Children aim to protect and be there for children who are bullied and have been abused. Warrior Breed focuses on helping veterans. Block Runnerz focuses on community gatherings and events. Black Dragons works with charities in the area. Tribe is a biker club from Gas City who buys Christmas presents for children and have started a Trunk-or-Treat.
This block party, according to one of the members from Black Dragons, Slick Rick, is the first of many events of this kind. They said they want to use these parties to bring people around the city together. The hope is for these events to continue to grow as they continue to have more in the future.
Saturday’s block party was held at the Marion Fire Station on the corner of Adams St. and 33rd St. Several of the fire trucks were out for people to look inside of them, and there was food, music, games and a bounce house for the kids.
Cujo, from Warrior Breed, said this event was meant to bring families together and get children from the neighborhood to come play with one another. The group members chose to have the event at a safe location so that any of the community members or children who attended have somewhere they can go when the bikers aren’t around to help.
A biker from The Guardians of the Children, Smiley, talked about how bikers aren’t often seen as role models. The Guardians of the Children, along with the other group members that attended and organized the event, said they want to change that. They want people to feel like they can come to them for help.
“(We’re) doing what they can to be a positive influence in the communities that we live in,” Smiley said.
The different groups are looking to have more block parties and various events in different parts of Marion. This event at the fire station was just a start to what they hope to continue for years to come.