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 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 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 2015

Dragon Day 2015 will take place on Friday, March 27. Start time is 1 p.m. and the parade route is as follows:

  • Leaves Rand Hall around 1 p.m.
  • Travels east on University Ave
  • Turns right (south) on East Ave
  • Turns right (west) on Campus Rd
  • 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

Head of the Hydra Exhibition

In honor of Dragon Day 2015 the John Hartell Gallery is hosting Heads of the Hydra: Trophies of Dragon Day. This exhibition is display  from March 20—27, and will showcase trophies of Dragon Days past.