The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge couldn't make it, but just
about everyone else was there.
The Hyde St Keg Party. Photo by Craig Baxter.
More than 3000 ''priests'', ''porn stars'', ''Playboy
bunnies'', ''penguins'', ''disco dancers'', ''Egyptians'',
''suicide bombers'' and ''superheroes'' attended the Hyde St
keg party in Dunedin on Saturday.
The Otago University Students Association had formally
invited the royal couple to pop in ''for a drink and a
William and Kate might not have turned up, but it was a right
royal occasion, as just about every colourful character
imaginable danced in the street and imbibed from wine
bladders and cider bottles.
The small campus street has a Jekyll-and-Hyde reputation,
after previous parties were marred by arrests, building
damage and a strain on emergency services.
The 3500 tickets to the notorious event sold out within two
minutes of being released online on April 2.
The street party officially started at 9am. By lunchtime,
half a dozen dazed and confused attendees had already been
escorted, or carried, out.
But, a big, vivid safety staff and emergency staff presence
ensured not too many revellers got carried away.
''We're all just here to have fun and support each other,''
Hyde St resident Deidre Richardson (21) said.
''It's not about binge-drinking. It's about everyone coming
together as one and having a good time.''
The party peaked around 2pm, with the introduction of a
''one-way door'' policy.
''Most people just come here to have a really good time,''
OUSA senior events co-ordinator Rachel Enright said.
''We want to make sure everyone is safe and that the Hyde St
party goes on for decades to come.''
The music was turned off at 5.30pm. With that, uninhibited Mr
Hyde began reverting back to the respectable Dr Jekyll.