The Beat ‘SC Rally took place Thursday evening at Wilson Plaza, ahead of the football rivalry game with the Trojans on Saturday. This year was the second consecutive year without a bonfire in light of the recent wildfires across California. Attendees were instead encouraged to write notes of appreciation to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The festivities this year included a ferris wheel and other carnival games.
In addition to carnival booths, food trucks serving Mexican fare and crepes were also present at the rally.
Joe Bruin positions himself into a student’s selfie while on top of the carnival’s Red Bull truck. Red Bull representatives were present at the rally giving free cans to attendees.
A pair of DJs were set-up on stage, playing popular tunes during the festivities.
As the main sequence of events began, UCLA men’s basketball coach Mick Cronin took the stage, promoting the basketball game against Hofstra later that night and saying that USC’s name must not be spoken on campus.
Deviant Voices A Cappella kicked off the evening’s performances.
Bruin Bhangra performed both traditional and modern dances, including a piece to Down by Jay Sean.
Signature A Cappella, an all-female group, performed a UCLA-inspired version of American Boy.
Kids watch the UCLA Spirit Squad perform from behind the stage.
The UCLA Band performs their rendition of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” as the football team prepares to make their entrance.
The football team descends down Janss Steps, led by freshman linebacker Carl Jones (left), senior linebacker Lokeni Toailoa (center) and redshirt senior linebacker Josh Woods (right).
Football coach Chip Kelly praised the team’s graduating seniors for mentoring the younger players.
Toailoa talks to the crowd about his time on the football team.
Redshirt senior running back Joshua Kelley takes the stage as his team and the crowd cheer him on.
Students cheer from the field, holding up rivalry shirts.
Redshirt sophomore linebacker Shea Pitts concludes the festivities by leading the crowd and the team on a UCLA 8-clap.
Players pose for a photo as confetti flies onto the stage to mark the end of the rally.
Players stand around the Victory Bell, currently kept by UCLA following the Bruins’ victory over the Trojans last season. They will be defending the Victory Bell on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.