When I was younger my family and I would go on family picnics. They were mostly with my dad’s work social club. My parents would pack a picnic lunch and get all the folding chairs together and an old folding table all four of us could sit at and eat a picnic lunch.
As kids we would all run around Warragamba Dam recreational park, hiding in the tunnels, swinging on the swings and the teeter-totters that would swing up and down. Being the youngest, my brother would just put his foot on the end and leaving me hanging in the air while I would start screaming out to let me down. He could be really nasty when he wanted to.
Following the success of previous years, the Parramatta Queer Forum is hosting the Parramatta Pride Picnic once again.  The annual event has become the biggest event for Western Sydney’s GLBT community.
It’s a great day out for the whole community. Last year there were so many people who came to enjoy the sunshine, the drumming workshops and the many other activities for the kids. The definite highlight of the day for me was watching the tug-o-war challenge between the kids and the drag queens.
The Western Suburbs Haven will be cooking a fundraising BBQ on the day if you don’t want to prepare food yourself. There will also be stalls for local community organisations that work with the GLBT community in Western Sydney.
If you haven’t already got the date in your diary, the Parramatta Pride Picnic will be held at site 23, Pavilion Flat, Parramatta Park, Parramatta on Sunday October 11, 11am–4pm
So pack your picnic basket, get your friends together and get out and enjoy a day in the sunshine in one of the most beautiful locations in Western Sydney.

info: For more information about groups, services, organisations or community events in western Sydney, contact Matt Vaughan at ACON on 9206 2064 or mvaughan@acon.org.au

Matt Vaughan is the community development and liaison officer for the ACON Western Sydney Community Development Team.

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