Dragon Day 2016

Dragon construction under the Milstein Hall north cantilever.
Dragon construction under the Milstein Hall north cantilever.
Face paint and make up!
Face paint and make up!
Final preparations before the dragon is launched.
Final preparations before the dragon is launched.
The dragon departs from Rand Hall.
The dragon departs from Rand Hall.
 The parade proceeds up East Avenue. Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group
The parade proceeds up East Avenue. Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group
The 2016 dragon departs from Rand Hall.
The 2016 dragon departs from Rand Hall.
The 2016 Dragon begins its trek up East Avenue.
The 2016 Dragon begins its trek up East Avenue.
The dragon leaves Rand Hall. Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group
The dragon leaves Rand Hall. Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group
The parade features a variety of individual and themed costumes.
The parade features a variety of individual and themed costumes.
The parade features a variety of individual and themed costumes.
The parade features a variety of individual and themed costumes.
Looking back on the advancing dragon.
Looking back on the advancing dragon.
The parade proceeds up East Avenue. Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group
The parade proceeds up East Avenue. Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group
The parade proceeds up Ho Plaza. Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group
The parade proceeds up Ho Plaza. Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group
The parade features a variety of individual and themed costumes.
The parade features a variety of individual and themed costumes.
First-year architecture students circle the dragon on the Arts Quad.
First-year architecture students circle the dragon on the Arts Quad.
Costumed second- through fifth-year architecture students share in the post parade festivities on the Arts Quad.
Costumed second- through fifth-year architecture students share in the post parade festivities on the Arts Quad.
Costumed second- through fifth-year architecture students share in the post parade festivities on the Arts Quad.
Costumed second- through fifth-year architecture students share in the post parade festivities on the Arts Quad.
First-year architecture students celebrate the end of the parade on the Arts Quad.
First-year architecture students celebrate the end of the parade on the Arts Quad.
Costumed second- through fifth-year architecture students share in the post parade festivities on the Arts Quad.
Costumed second- through fifth-year architecture students share in the post parade festivities on the Arts Quad.
 The dragon enters the Arts Quad. Lindsay France / Cornell Marketing Group
The dragon enters the Arts Quad. Lindsay France / Cornell Marketing Group
The dragon passes McGraw Tower and enters the Arts Quad. Jason Koski / Cornell Marketing Group
The dragon passes McGraw Tower and enters the Arts Quad. Jason Koski / Cornell Marketing Group
First-year architecture students celebrate the end of the 2016 parade on the Arts Quad.
First-year architecture students celebrate the end of the 2016 parade on the Arts Quad.
First-year architecture students celebrate the end of the parade on the Arts Quad.
First-year architecture students celebrate the end of the parade on the Arts Quad.
Dragon construction under the Milstein Hall north cantilever. Face paint and make up! Final preparations before the dragon is launched. The dragon departs from Rand Hall. The parade proceeds up East Avenue. Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group The 2016 dragon departs from Rand Hall. The 2016 Dragon begins its trek up East Avenue. The dragon leaves Rand Hall. Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group The parade features a variety of individual and themed costumes. The parade features a variety of individual and themed costumes. Looking back on the advancing dragon. The parade proceeds up East Avenue. Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group The parade proceeds up Ho Plaza. Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group The parade features a variety of individual and themed costumes. First-year architecture students circle the dragon on the Arts Quad. Costumed second- through fifth-year architecture students share in the post parade festivities on the Arts Quad. Costumed second- through fifth-year architecture students share in the post parade festivities on the Arts Quad. First-year architecture students celebrate the end of the parade on the Arts Quad. Costumed second- through fifth-year architecture students share in the post parade festivities on the Arts Quad. The dragon enters the Arts Quad. Lindsay France / Cornell Marketing Group The dragon passes McGraw Tower and enters the Arts Quad. Jason Koski / Cornell Marketing Group First-year architecture students celebrate the end of the 2016 parade on the Arts Quad. First-year architecture students celebrate the end of the parade 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 will start at 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