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Scarfies Capping Procession Returns


PRESS RELEASE

5 May 2000

Scarfies Capping Procession Returns


The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) is proud to announce the return of the Otago University Capping procession.

The original capping procession which ran from 1899 through to 1987 when it was discontinued due to lack of support.

"Dunedin has had to wait too long for the return of this truly historical event. I am very pleased that the association has got behind the project again and breathed new life into an Otago cultural tradition", said Andrew Campbell OUSA President.

The Capping Procession and the Capping Show have historically been the focal events of the Otago University capping festivities. The capping procession was renowned for its raucousness and vibrancy.

"The support we have received is amazing. The number of people who previously took part in the procession who have come out of the woodwork to help is unbelievable. It is important Dunedin and its students reclaim this event and carry it on for another 100 years", said Campbell.

The parade will consist largely of floats from the University's Halls of Residence, and OUSA affiliated sports clubs. The parade will also include the return of the capping pipe band.

"I encourage all Dunedin residents to come out tomorrow and salute the graduates and enjoy the procession. This years event will surly grow if the city gets in behind it", said Campbell.

The procession leaves the front of the Dentistry school at 1.15 pm Saturday May 6th, and processes down George Street to the Octagon where prizes will be awarded.

ENDS

Contacts: Andrew Campbell Ph: (03) 479 5332
OUSA President Fax (03) 479 5346
Cell: 025 621 5243 (please note the change of number I lost my old phone)

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