Inclement weather and the absence of the royals didn't deter revellers from taking part in the Hyde St keg party in Dunedin today. Photo Craig Baxter
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge couldn't make it in the
But, just about everyone else was there.
More than 3000 priests, porn stars, Playboy bunnies,
penguins, disco dancers, Egyptians, suicide bombers and
superheroes attended the Hyde St keg party in Dunedin today.
The Otago University Students Association had formally
invited the royal couple to pop in ''for a drink and a
The cold weather may have kept William and Kate away, but it
was a colourful mardi gras atmosphere, as just about every
character imaginable danced in the street and drank from wine
bladders and cider bottles.
''We're all 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 annual street party officially started at 9am. By
lunchtime, half a dozen dazed party-goers had already been
escorted, or carried, out.
A 50-strong posse of police made six arrests before the
official 5.30pm end of the party.
''There hasn't been anything major; mainly minor disorder
charges. We'll probably have a few more [students] in the
cells later on tonight,'' Sergeant Dion Phair said.
A St John and student health team treated 44 people,
including seven people who were admitted to Dunedin
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.''