FSU extends pride celebrations into July with Pride patio party

The Oasis patio at Fanshawe College, with a Pride flag. CREDIT: KONSTANTINOS DROSSOS
The event will be packed with a number of different activities for students to partake in, along with a DJ and dance floor for students to have fun and mingle with one another.

This Thursday, the Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) is extending its Pride celebration into the month of July by hosting a Pride Patio Party on the Oasis patio from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be packed with a number of different activities for students to partake in, along with a DJ and dance floor for students to have fun and mingle with one another.

Food will also be offered at the event, where students are able to get a $1 hotdog alongside any drink they purchase. Basia Boron, the FSU Student Life Coordinator, gave more insight as to what activities students can expect to see at the patio party.

“We’re going to also have a friendship bracelet making station with a bunch of different colours of beads and string, so you could make them with your friends and also to wear at the party,” Boron said. “There’s also going to be a pride poster making station so you can make a pride poster to carry around with you for London Pride, that’s coming up” said Boron.

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The reason for the patio party being held in July is a part of the FSU’s ongoing initiative to host pride themed events outside of Pride Month itself. Boron said that it’s extremely important for Fanshawe to carry on the celebrations beyond June.

“The whole reason of planning this was because we wanted to have it continue on with Pride Month, to not have pride month be just in June but to celebrate throughout the summer. And obviously to have it so any queer students that want to be seen and represented and have an event for them as well to come out celebrate themselves,” Boron said.

The FSU also planned the event to correspond with the London Pride Parade happening later this month, allowing students to celebrate on campus and locally.

Following the party, students will be able to partake in a pride walk, where they will be able to march with the posters and bracelets they made. The walk will happen outdoors and go around the school, being headed by Fanshawe’s very own Freddy the Falcon. The walk could switch to being held inside the college halls, weather permitting.