Thursday, 21 February 2008

Otago Uni Toga Parade '08

Tuesday night saw the annual "Toga Parade" of First Year Otago University students along the main street of Dunedin. Fine weather saw around 2,000 students join in the fun, about double last year's turnout.

Police lead off the 2008 Otago University Toga Parade
The increase in the number of toga-wearers was also helped by OUSA moving the Inter-Hall Sports Day to the afternoon, meaning students didn't spend the entire Tuesday afternoon drinking, and were still coherent enough to march through town in the early evening ;-)

Bed sheets from the city's student halls and hostels were converted into a variety of toga styles, and it was good to see an abundance of laurel-wearers this year (the leafy head-dress).

There was also a marked increase in the number of spectators and egg-throwers/water bombers along the route from the Dental school to the Octagon, which resulted in a bit of carnage and a much quicker parade as the first years tried to dodge the flying bombs...

Hayward Hall's chariots were hot targets for egg-throwers

Keeping an eagle eye out for egg/water bombers

Dunedin's George Street becomes a Warzone

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