Dragon Day

  • Students welded the steel tube dragon frame for Dragon Day 2014.
  • The dragon covered in plastic on the morning of the parade.
  • AAP shop technician Brian Beeners advising first-year architecture students during dragon construction.
  • First-year students position the dragon before departing on it's campus journey.
  • Architecture students dressed for the occasion.
  • Architecture students dressed for the occasion.
  • Golden opportunity for architecture students.
  • The parade gets underway!
  • Architecture students led the way.
  • First-year students on parade.
  • First-year students on parade.
  • First-year students on parade.
  • First-year students on parade.
  • First-year students on parade.
  • Students circle the dragon at the end of the parade.
  • Brian Beeners struts his stuff.
  • First-year students celebrate a successful dragon day.
  • First-year students celebrate a successful dragon day.

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.