Every year, a pep rally is held at the University of Texas at Austin before the football game against the University of Oklahoma. Known as the Texas Fight Rally, the tradition usually includes a torchlight parade, but not this year.
Due to recent events in Charlottesville, the university alumni association organizing the event, Texas Exes, decided against including the torchlight parade in the pep rally.
“We didn’t think it was wise to have people carrying tiki torches in light of the events at Charlottesville,” Dorothy Guerrero, a spokeswoman for the Exes, told the Austin American-Stateman. “We want this to be a positive event. We want everyone to feel included and welcomed.”
The Texas Fight Rally being held Wednesday night will still feature speeches from UT football players and coaches. The first Texas Fight Rally was held in 1916 before the game against Texas A&M University and today is held before the Texas vs OU game.