Dragon Day

  • The dragon head is fabricated on the Rand Hall shops CNC mill.
  • Chalkboard in Rand Hall.
  • Painting the dragon's head.
  • Constructing the dragon's body.
  • Constructing the dragon's body.
  • The 2015 dragon getting finishing touches.
  • Stretching and sewing the fabric.
  • The dragon getting finishing touches.
  • Face painting in Rand Hall.
  • First-year students gather to begin their trek.
  • Costumed students await the parade in the staging area around Rand Hall.
  • Costumed students await the parade in the staging area around Rand Hall.
  • Costumed students await the parade in the staging area around Rand Hall
  • Steering the dragon along East Avenue.
  • Thematic costumes are a trademark of the dragon parade.
  • First-year students celebrate as the 2015 dragon comes to rest on the arts quad.
  • First-year students celebrate as the dragon comes to rest on the arts quad.

Every year in mid-March, in a tradition that goes back more than 100 years, an enormous dragon created by first-year architecture students parades across campus. Accompanied by AAP students in outrageous costumes, the dragon lumbers to the Arts Quad where it does battle with a phoenix created by rival engineering students. This rite of spring is one of Cornell’s best-known traditions. 

Dragon Day 2016

Dragon Day 2016 will take place on Friday, March 25. Start time is 1 p.m. and the parade route is as follows:

  • Leaves Rand Hall around 1 p.m.
  • Travels east on University Avenue
  • Turns right (south) on East Avenue
  • Turns right (west) on Campus Road
  • Turns right (north) on South Central walkway through Ho Plaza
  • Enters the Arts Quad between Uris and Olin libraries
  • Proceeds to the north end of the Arts Quad by Sibley Hall