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Cycle Parades.. Trucking.. Big Match Fever!

March 12, 2008

Today is not any old Wednesday… in a previous year today would have been Cycle Parade! In other words free ticket to all the girl’s schools, for those who dare it. By this time a good no of lads would have been locked up, or be found kneeling infront of the Kurunduwatta, Bambalapititya and Kollupitiya police stations.


It’s the days many young lads dream of, school girls are excited and counting down till they hear a “R-O-Y-A-L” (or a “T-H-O-R-A”), in some cases even certain teachers of these girls schools are anxiously anticipating the inevitable. Principals of Girls schools are on high alert, and have the Police no on speed dial. Principals of Boys schools, won’t to get away from the phone, dreading the call that says “Sir, ogolange iskole lamai menna mehe yaka natanawa.. awith monahari karanna” or “Sir, apiiskole lamai tikak policiyata arang avilla thiyenne, karunakaral avilla egollanwa bara gannawada”. I petty the security guards, Probably their most dreaded day, and wis they could swap it duty or call in sick.

Coloursmen in the Truck

Along with jumping to girl’s schools, the original route for the parade is from school to the captains house. A coffin of Thomian is paraded a long (Kinda like our version of the Ashes) followed by the Cricket Team and what not. Obviously over the years only a few have stuck to the route and many have venchered to greener pastures. They say the “early bird gets the worm” likewise those who start early often get a free hand at things, before the cops coming knocking at the door. Often it has been a case where either Royalists set of the alarm at one school and go, and by the time the Thomians come they have a welcoming party to deal with… and vice versa.

Thomian Funeral

But with all these “No Parades” “No displaying of school flag” nonsense, will the younger generation give up on the annual pilgrimage to the girls schools. It’ll be a cold day in hell, if I find a guy who’d rather be playing with his PS2 or listening to his IPOD than on the wall of LC screaming his guts out.

After all it’s tradition. If a world war didn’t stop the BIG MATCH (which incidentally is the 2nd longest encounter in history).. I don’t think Tiger Pussies or Mahinda Mama can keep young Royalists or Thomians from breaking tradition. Thoughts keep coming back of the “Wonder Years” where your truly was on the same wall (not very long ago, I say to myself). I will not get into all the escapades, so to ensure I have some sort of a reputation left, although I’m saddened and lucky at the same time that none of them have led to yours truly being “copped”. So an ardent trucker would call my adventures half-backed.

I like to think of that as an experience in it self. To feel that hard blow of that baton on your spine, running for your life while pleading. The closest I’ve come to is on the said wall where like a 100 of us were contemplating whether to jump or not. Holding us back (at the time) were about 25 security guards and maybe 5 cops. Abrave soul started a count down to jump.. 10.. 9.. 8.. 7.. only to be interupted by the sight of a Covered Lorry pulling up and Cops spring out of it like a magician pulling out rabbits from a hat. “JUMP” was heard and before the countdown was reached and we ran amock.

Everything is all in good fun. The guys will trouble girls maybe for some water and hat collection. (Although I doubt today’s generation goes on hat collections). I recall a Student proposing to a teacher once, and finishing a sum that was on the board. No abuses, rapes or any violations to my knowledge.

Along with the usual experiences, are a few unique ones. Jumping in the night before to LC and stealing the poor security guard’s cap (who was fast a sleep, preparing for the circus the next day). The same year being a Cop gave us the advantage of walking into most of the schools under the pretext of rounding up the boys and ushering them out side. Had to usher a few male teachers too, who seemed to be wanting to stick around just in case more boys jumped in. He he..

Contrary to popular belief, this day is equally (or even more) anticipated by the girls. Two discussions just last week have confirmed my belief.

  1. My cousin who’s going to L.C.. was like “aiyooo.. this is my last year.. and they are not coming nooo?”.
  2. An old teacher of ours who’s presently teaching at B.C. She was asking me “no cycle parade this year no putha? don’t you know these girls are pestering me.. even last year our boys (Royal) didn’t turn up, and they think I have told them not to come”..

So don’t worry girls.. you don’t need to be ashamed of it. 😉

Comments are open so you can share your experience and thoughts on Cycle Parade. Till then Long live Cycle Parade.. and long live Papare!(Tune into YesFM morning show, for Papare in the car/office)

*Some pics were taken off Parthi.

What ever the case Good Luck to both teams.. and Give us a match that lasts 3 days looong!! GO ROYAL!!

Royal Flag
15 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2008 4:21 pm

    ROYAL!!!!! ROYAL!!!!! ROYAL!!!!!
    R-O-Y-A-L ROYAL!!!!!

    God I miss that cheer from school days. Each block used to cheer their lungs out, trying to out do the other. And man there was nothing better than the Cycle Parade.. No matter what anyone says, girls loved the attention they got on these fine Thursdays. It doesn’t get much better than to cheer till your lungs give out with your bro’s along the streets of Colombo.

    The Blue and Gold forever!!!


    p.s. – wonder whats the best way to cook a thora?


  2. March 12, 2008 4:33 pm

    grill it.. slowly on low burner.. 😀

  3. March 12, 2008 6:09 pm

    i think you greatly exaggerate the anticipation of the girls. cough.

    and next time, choose a better wall 🙂

  4. March 12, 2008 6:49 pm

    So Mahinde mame has forbidden this tradition?

  5. March 12, 2008 9:39 pm

    T: You don’t need to hide behind “greatly exaggerated”.. I suspect the cough was thrown in for good measure. He he. See the LC wall was fun.. but I’ve jumped the walls of BC, SBC and HFC too… oh and an odd turn of events we found our selves at AIS as well. Although that was a walk in the park. BC I rem the height from the inside was far greater than this out side. Bit of a scary jump, and run across the ground.

    So were you referring any of the above mentioned walls. Or do I keep guessing? Don’t think I’ve jumped into Visaka though. Didn’t feel quite welcome, and worth the effort. Bit of Pride is kicking in too.. he he..

    N : Yeah machang. Apparently the LTTE might dress up (hold on.. they don’t need to dress up.. they’ll use their child soldiers) like students in a truck and invade Colombo.

  6. Gutterflower permalink
    March 12, 2008 11:31 pm

    What is with the trend of jumping into international schools btw?
    The truckings been pretty low key this year. Just a few scrawny, kids barely done with OL’s ambled in and ran as soon as they saw the teachers. 🙂
    And yes, you over-estimate the girls eagerness..:D

  7. March 13, 2008 1:34 am

    LOL. well i’d rather not say, but.. higher the wall, better the sights maybe 🙂

  8. March 13, 2008 6:53 am

    noo i cant believe that the parades aren’t happening this year! well it went for 129 years and the last 20 without the LTTE didn’t it! to be honest the celebrations are way greater and exciting than the match itself! and once the alcohol kicks in no one even knows wht happened in the match…i miss those days..the parades…the spirit…the cheer

  9. March 13, 2008 7:10 am

    machang, beepung hondata hondai? just like last time…considering it’s ur last big match as a bachelor:D…

    as usual i’m getting goosebumps just thinking about the match. i just hope the weather holds for 3 days:)

    pass my wishes to the boys:)

  10. March 13, 2008 11:15 am

    Gutterflower : I have no idea? It happened in my last year.. the truck just stopped and everyone jumped.. so i just followed.. at that point.. I think it was a whole new experience for the Girls in the Intl School. The boys who were from Royal just joined us.. it was crazy.. but to this day.. I dunno why we jumped? is it continued to this day?

    T : I’ll take your word for it.. now that I *think* i have an idea as well… 😉 .. and for the record. my sights are set on a lady that was on the other side of the short wall. 😀

    parade : Yup. They’ve stopped it. But I don’t think that stops guys from jumping into schools. Only from going in trucks. So half the fun is lost, I’m sure they’ll make it up.

    Traveling to work today.. I saw our boys going on hat collection.. glad to see that hasn’t died down. 🙂

    Confab : Plan to machang.. Been sober for a whole month saving for the day.. (you know the situ no?).. going to miss you.. rem the pic of you and the “Cream soda” bottle? ha ha.. Will pass on the msg to the EGBA.. more like the Mango Faction now.. he he

  11. March 13, 2008 11:41 am

    sigh, how to forget the cream soda pic! that arrack tasted good too with cream soda!


  12. March 13, 2008 7:49 pm

    I was under the impression that the Musaes?? [i hate trying to spell that] wall was the toughest to get out from. BC, SBC are pretty much standard haunts arent they? 😀 I do remember one time where the guys apparently expressed their views on the inside of the BC wall and not the outside. Cant confirm that though…

    297/9 @ the end of day 1 aint bad @ all considering the collapse and the rain. Go Fernando with his century.


  13. Kavii permalink
    March 24, 2008 8:15 pm

    This time was not bad… since we had one of the biggest troops ever to jump in to schools even though there was no Parade… well We only got to complete the schools LC, AIS, CIS due to some issues and the cops hopefully the troops were safe except for the 3 people who got caught other than that it was fun… whould have been awesome too if we weren’t blocked by some army soilders near BC… dat was a bit sad coz we were there but never made it in heh Any how even though there were no Parade this time we didn’t break the old Jumping to schools Routine… 😉 Obviously it was my first but was one of the greatest experiences eva….. I think Everyone who is a Royalist must get this experience at least once b4 leaving the school………

    :::Live for Royal Die For Royal:::

  14. March 24, 2008 9:13 pm

    Glad to see atleast some traditions of the cycle parade are carried out.. and hopefully will be passed on to generations to come. 🙂 after all like you say there’s no point calling your self a Royalist if you haven’t gone trucking..

  15. March 7, 2010 6:52 am

    R …..O……Y……A……L

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