Thousands party on Broughdale during Reunion Weekend
Published Saturday, October 1, 2016 4:16PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, October 1, 2016 6:24PM EDT
Emergency officials had their hands full as they estimated some 7,000 people converged on the area of Broughdale Avenue and Richmond Steet Saturday.
Western University’s Homecoming was originally scheduled on this day but was moved to later in the month with the hope cooler weather would deter student partiers.
After complaints from alumni who had already booked hotels and transportation, Western decided to designate this weekend as Reunion Weekend.
Some Western students said it would be a second date to celebrate.
Police set up a blockade on Broughdale and asked motorists to avoid the area.
There were alcohol-related calls and noise complaints, students up on roofs, as well as tickets and warnings issued throughout the day.
“All drivers should stay clear of the UWO area,” Middlesex-London EMS said in a Tweet.
The crowd was hundreds strong by 10:30 a.m.
Police officers had a presence on the streets and social media, Tweeting from the hashtag, #dontinviteus2urparty.
Police said that despite the size of the crowd, there were no major incidents.