Due to the tragic events that have unfolded in Christchurch this afternoon (Friday 15 March), the University of Otago is postponing its 150th anniversary street parade which was scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday 16 March). A replacement date will be decided in due course. Updates will be posted elsewhere on the University website.
Honouring Otago’s proud tradition of parades and processions, while at the same time showcasing who the University is today, the “Colours” street parade on Saturday 16 March starts at the Dental School at 10:30am, moving down George Street and finishing in the Octagon.
The wider University community including staff and students will be joining together to share the “colours” of the University with residents and visitors to the City of Dunedin, wearing the colours of their academic regalia, colleges, cultural dress, sporting or club uniforms, or T-shirts organised with colleagues.
Leading the parade wearing korowai will be members of the Māori community associated with the University, reflecting the University’s Memorandum of Understanding with Ngāi Tahu.
More than 25 clubs will be taking part and some will be performing as they march, including those from dancers and cheerleaders associations. Each cultural group will be waving their country’s flags and all the colleges will have their own banners. Capping Show cast and alumni will be dressed in costumes, stiltwalkers will be in Otago’s colours alongside historic university characters and others in Victorian costume.
At the Octagon there will be an official welcome to the city from mana whenua, the Mayor David Cull, the Chancellor Dr Royden Somerville QC, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne and the President of OUSA James Heath.
After the welcome, the Sextet will perform, followed by the band Loose & Colourful. The community is encouraged to ask staff about the meanings of the different colours of the gowns and hoods. Volunteers will have colour charts of the regalia to engage people and there will be an information tent in the middle of the Octagon providing details about 150th anniversary events and other information about the University.
The running order for the parade is: City of Dunedin Pipe Band, National flag and University of Otago flag, mana whenua, University Council and senior staff, University banner and OUSA banner, academics, professional staff, Colleges and Locals programme, school prefects, sports clubs, International clubs and students, Capping Show cast and students, Pacific Islands staff and students performing traditional music.
|Date||Saturday, 16 March 2019|
|Time||10:30am - 1:00pm|
|Event Category||Alumni Events|
|Location||University of Otago School of Dentistry to the Octogon|