THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Rivaling Olympian feats and
spectacles of the Circus Maximus,
the 1952 Michigras followed in the
grand carnival tradition estab-
lished by the first campus fairs of
With 34 floats, 39 booths and
$2,600 worth of prizes, the 1952
celebration carried out the theme
of "Fifty Years with Michigras"
in a mile-long parade from Main
to State Street and two-day fes-
tivities at Yost Field House.
THE MICHIGRAS parade, the
kick-off to campus activities of
the week-end, featured floats that
either depicted campus institutions
such as kissing under the Engine
Arch and the Thank-God-It's-
Friday Club or recalled the days
of the first automobiles.
An estimated 17,000 watched
the parade, which was favored
with warm spring weather.
Floats, bathing beauties and
cars of all descriptions made a.
colorful sight for Ann Arbor
To .$e Cashed
Along with the trophies being
awarded for booths and floats
participating in competition at the
1954 Michigras, individuals will
also be able to take home many
Each time there is a winning
contestant at any one of the skill
booths, that person will be award-
ed a Michibuck. At 'the Prize
Booth, these Michibucks may be
exchanges for prizes, whici include
everything from leis and pennants
to stuffed animals, books and rec-
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ANY HOLDER of 25 Michibucks
will be eligible to compete for the
Grand Prize. After initially sub-
mitting the 25 tickets, eacbaddi-
tional Michibuck woAi will be a-
credited to the person's name. The
winner-the person holdin-g the
greatest number of Michibucks-
will be anounced at 11 p.m. Sat-
urday night from the Prize Booth.
The Grand Prize will include
a free ticket to the IFC all,
dinner for two beforehand, cab
service for the evening, an or-
chid corsage for the girl, an in-
terview with the band leader
and the playing of the couple's
favorite song. In addition, the
winner will receive the 100-foot
Michiworm which will fly above
the Prize Booth in Yost Field
More prizes that will be avail-
able in exchange for Michibucks
will be free haircuts, movie passes,
free dry-cleaning and free sun-
Winners will be announced
along with the winner of the
Grand Prize at 11 p.m. Saturday'
from the Prize Booth.
youngsters and college students.
In fact, one letter addressed to
the Daily complained that the
students didn't give the kids
enough room to watch the spec-
As King and Queen of the Mich-
igras parade, two Ann Arbor
youngsters rode in the lead car
dressed as "Danny Duster and
All ticket sellers who have
been contacted to sell tickets
Friday and Saturday evenings
at Michigras can pick up their
tickets from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7
to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the Mi-
Betty Bustle." The kids were
chosen in a contest at the League,
with all ten participants being
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OTHER STATISTICS compiled
for the occasion state that more
than two miles of lumber were used
in the displays and over 300,000
paper napkins. No records were
available on how many hours of
sleep had been lost.
A special invitation was ex-
tended by the Michigras com-
mittee to all women. "It's leap
year," they said, "and women
should come stag." This was an
old custom, however, as even
the general chairman of the 1924
Michigras, according to a Daily
of that year, had urged wom-
en to attend "by all means."
The Scholarship float of Theta
Xi and Alpha Phi was awarded
first prize for its story of the Uni-
versity's educational progress and
SECOND prize went to Sigma
Phi Epsilon and Delta Gamma for
a "Country Fair" float which fea-
tured students dressed in clothes
of fifty years ago. The Phi Gam-
ma Delta Fiji Marching Band,
complete with drum major wield-
ing a sink plunger, placed third.
Spectators were amused by the
Phi Delta Theta-Kappa Alpha
Theta representation of the Ha-
ven Hall fire which had a note
tacked on the back reading: "Ro-
mance Language Bldg. next."
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AT THE carnival itself, which
featured a kiddies matinee, two
booths tied for first place. With
an eight foot long Frankenstein
who made headlong dashes into
the crowd, Chi Phi's "Hall of Won-
ders" tied with Kappa Kasino,"
produced under the combined ef-
forts of Kappa Kappa Gamma
and Kappa Sigma.
The Stockwell-Gomberg "Show-
boat" ran a close second and fea-
tured a Charleston routine. The
only prize left unclaimed was a
date to the IFC ball with Miss
DSR of Detroit, including dinner,
dancing lessons and a month's
supply of cigarettes. No one won
enough Michibucks at the carni-
val to be eligible.
PARADE WINNER-"Scholarship," sponsored by Alpha Phi and
Theta Xi, won first place in the 1952 Michigras parade. Second
prize was awarded to Sigma Phi Epsilon's and Delta Gamma's
float, "Country Fair." The Fiji Marching Band of Phi Gamma
Delta placed third.
Fresh Air Camp, WAA Pool
To Receive Michigras Funds
Proceeds from the 1954 Michi-
gras festival will go to the Univer-
sity Fresh Air Camp and the Wom-
en's Athletic Association's Pool
The Union and WAA, who to-
gether finance Michigras. each
receive one-half of the profits to
donate to a charity of their choice.
This year the Fresh Air Camp will
receive the Union's portion and the
new women's pool the WAA's share.
TWO YEARS ago the Union's
funds from Michigras were split
between the Fresh Air Camp and
to the Wendy Owen Memorial
Fund. WAA gave its proceeds to
the Pool Project fund.
In 1950 Michigras earnings
went to the women's swimming
pool fund, the Fresh Air Camp
and the Phoenix project.
"County Fair," the two day car-
nival in 1905, benefited a fund to
buy land for a "Michigan Union
Club House." The "Great Union
Fair" of 1924 donated its proceeds
to the Union pool. In 1927 the
"Penny Carnival" gave its profits
to the women's Pool Project fund.
With the new name of "Michi-
gras," proceeds from the carnival
of 1937 sent the University Band
on a concert trip. In 1947 Michi-
gras' profits again went to the
WAA Pool Project fund.
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