The 2016 annual UP Rag procession took place on Saturday at LC de Villiers. This year’s over-arching theme was “Going on holiday” and the floats reflected many exotic and familiar holiday destinations.
The event got off to a start with Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof. Cheryl de la Rey addressing the participants and spectators at 10:30. The procession then got moving and the floats, built over the last week by the various Rag partnerships, moved around the Sport campus. The procession ended on the Rag farm with the floats on static display until midday.
The floats were of a high quality and many made use of creative and clever materials and designs. Vividus Men and Erika’s Disney World float came complete with a moving ferris wheel and Buzz Lightyear. Olienhout and Klaradyn kept things local with their Kruger National Park float, which showed support for Olienhout’s long-term Rag project, rhino conservation. Olympus and Katjipeiring chose to stay at home with their “Staycation” float. Hatfield Studios and Tuks Bophelong made their Rag debuts this year, partnered with Asterhof and Luminous and Kollege and Nerina, respectively.
The results were announced later in the day. Judges based their marks on creativity, the materials used, how environmentally friendly the float was, the partnership’s donation to charity, and attention to detail. Sonop, Inca and Vividus Ladies placed third with their Thailand-themed float which featured a giant elephant and Thai man. Curlitzia and Tuks Naledi came second with their colourful Rio de Janeiro float which consisted of a huge parrot and actual plants. Maroela and Magrietjie were announced as the winners of Rag 2016. Their float’s theme was “Around the world in 80 days” and included a number of objects from countries like Hawaii, Paris and South Africa.
The day ended off with a market, a FunZone which included go-kart racing and bungee trampolines, a sports area and benefit concert. The benefit concert’s line-up included firm favourite Desmond and the Tutus and also included Kid X, DJ Killswitch, and Twins on Deck.
*With additional reporting from Bianca Meyer