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UT Cancels Torchlight Parade Ahead Of OU Game

By Megan Menchaca

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The traditional torchlight parade held before the University of Texas’ big football game against the University of Oklahoma has been cancelled. It was cancelled as a result of the violence in Charlottesville.


Officials of Texas Exes said although the torchlight parade had nothing to do with race, their aim is to be sensitive toward students and other members of the campus community.


A pep rally will still take place tonight for students, alumni and guests at the Main Mall just south of the UT tower. It will feature remarks by coach Tom Herman and several football players.


Last year’s torchlight parade and rally marked the 30th annual installment of the event. It has traditionally been a run-up to the Red River Rivalry played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. While it’s uncertain whether the event will remain a tradition for the university, the likelihood is slim.


“For the foreseeable future, I doubt we’ll be doing the torchlight portion of the event,” said Dorothy Guerrero, a spokeswoman for the Exes.


For more information on the torchlight parade and tonight’s rally, click here.