Johnson Field filled with UNM students eager to watch the infamous New Mexico State University Aggie, nicknamed "Pistol Pete," burn at the annual Red Rally event celebrating the annual rivalry football game between the Lobos and Aggies.
The event, hosted by ASUNM, is designed to get students engaged and active in the UNM community and to promote school spirit.
“It was really cool and I had a lot of fun! This is my favorite event at UNM because it brings everyone together and makes me feel like part of a big community,” said UNM sophomore Lena Johnson.
The 25 foot-tall Aggie was built by ASUNM members, student volunteers, and members of the Sigma Chi fraternity. The volunteers worked for hours a day to create the structure, cutting chicken wire and covering it in paper to make it flammable.
Sophomore Isaiah Montoya expressed his excitement for the event saying, “It was my first time being there, and it was really cool to see everyone gathered at one place like a family. Everyone had tons of school spirit and they even handed out free Redbull!”
Junior Marissa Capshaw commented on the rivalry saying, “The rally was awesome! But my stepmom, dad, and mom are all Aggies so it can get a little awkward. The rivalry spans generations which is actually really cool.”
Before the Aggie was set ablaze, the event kicked off with a live DJ to pump up the crowd.
Red Rally has also received national notoriety in the past decade. It was rated No. 55 on Sports Illustrated’s “102 Things you Have To Do Before You Graduate.”