NPHC Greeks hold annual Yard Show

Zeta Phi Beta sorority sisters perform their routine during the annual Yard Show at the Colonnades on Tuesday. Justin Gilliland/HERALD

Shantel-Ann Pettway

An earlier version of this story incorrectly labeled the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity as “Alpha Psi Alpha.” This has since been corrected.

The rain didn’t stop students from filling up the wet seats of the Colonnade Tuesday, as National Pan-Hellenic Council Greek organizations gathered to participate in a Yard Show. 

As the DJ continued to spin, sororities and fraternities practiced softly in their own huddles. 

The organizations gathered at 7 p.m. to showcase what each specific organization stands for and what services they offer, giving histories of their respective organizations in between their performances.

Louisville sophomore Breanna Burton said due to the weather, she thought the organizations might not do their step show. 

“But when the rain lightened up and the AKAs (Alpha Kappa Alphas) started speaking to the crowd, I was ready for the show,” Burton said. 

The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority Epsilon Zeta chapter amped up the crowd by asking everyone how they felt before the first performance. The crowd applauded as the two “pretty poodles” of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority began their performance.  

As the Yard Show continued, the sororities and fraternities poked fun at each other and continued to ask the crowd who ran the yard.  

“It’s cool how all the fraternities and sororities can diss each other and turn around and scream for their friends who are in different organizations all in the same breath,” Lexington sophomore MarShaye Griffin said.  

Omega Psi Pi and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities heightened the comedic atmosphere, making “your mama” jokes and talking about stealing each other’s lady friends. Delta Sigma Theta sorority joked about all the other sororities not working hard enough, while Zeta Phi Beta sorority made it known that if “you weren’t in blue and white, it wasn’t right.” 

On a more serious note, during the middle of the show, Phi Beta Sigma fraternity did a “hands up, don’t shoot” tribute to Michael Brown, the teenager who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August. 

Phi Beta Sigma wasn’t the only group who designed a step dedicated to someone else. The AKAs stepped in a style similar to Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, which is not currently active on the yard this semester. 

To conclude the show, all the fraternities and sororities, including Alpha Phi Alpha and Iota Phi Theta fraternity, neither of whom performed that night, strolled around the front of the Colonnade.