Cosplay enthusiasts came together at Bellevue Park Saturday afternoon for Sault Mori-Con’s annual Cosplay Picnic.
This event included activities such as music, karaoke, games and included a potluck lunch.
Tania Daigle, Sault Mori-Con Coordinator, told SaultOnline this event started in 2011 as a friend’s birthday party and has expanded since, seeing over 50 people each year.
“I like to give back to everybody and give them a space where they feel welcome and together and (where) they’re free to cosplay and explore the fandoms and share with everybody what they love,” she said, talking about why she does this.
Chelsea Schell, who’s been participating in this event since it started, said she got into cosplay six years ago because “it’s a form of showing your appreciation for the craft of making art or pop culture media.”
“Anything that you’re interested in – you get to show and express your interest in it.”
She said she thinks having this opportunity is a good way to expand the cosplay community into a smaller city such as Sault Ste. Marie and also creates friendships among those involved, giving them somewhere to express themselves.
Daigle mirrored that sentiment.
“I want to show people what cosplay is capable of and what an art form it really is.”
For more information on Sault Mori-Con and their events, check them out on Facebook.