Hundreds of people gathered at the Frank Erwin Center downtown to celebrate Good Friday in Austin.

The eighth annual event brought together more than 300 churches in the Austin area.

Organizers said the theme this year was to promote cultural diversity and racial healing for Austin and the nation.

Austin PD Chief Brian Manley spoke alongside the local Black Lives Matter chapter on "bridging the gap."

Those who attended the event said they brought their families to be a part of the celebration.

"I came last year,” said Iris Ortiz, who attends Shoreline Church in Austin. “I really enjoyed it. And I came again this year, brought my daughter and my mom as well and it's just a great experience and you leave here with a great feeling.”

Felicia Hunt from Elgin brought her grandson.

"Well it's something different,” she said. “Let him see the fellowship, the joys of it all, the music, the celebration of Jesus Christ.”

Grammy award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin closed out the free event with a concert.