Dragon Day 2018

Dragon Day 2018 parade on a cold and rainy day.
Dragon Day 2018 parade on a cold and rainy day.
The dragon passes Rand Hall, early in its journey to the Arts Quad.
The dragon passes Rand Hall, early in its journey to the Arts Quad.
The 2017 dragon blew smoke and doubled as a musical instrument.
The 2017 dragon blew smoke and doubled as a musical instrument.
Dragon Day 2017 parade on a cold and rainy day.
Dragon Day 2017 parade on a cold and rainy day.
The 2017 dragon nears the Arts Quad.
The 2017 dragon nears the Arts Quad.
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.
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.
The 2015 dragon getting finishing touches.
The 2015 dragon getting finishing touches.
First-year students celebrate as the 2015 dragon comes to rest on the arts quad.
First-year students celebrate as the 2015 dragon comes to rest on the arts quad.
Students welded the steel tube dragon frame  for Dragon Day 2014.
Students welded the steel tube dragon frame for Dragon Day 2014.
First-year students on parade during Dragon Day 2014.
First-year students on parade during Dragon Day 2014.
First-year students on parade.
First-year students on parade.
The 2013 dragon's mid section in front of Uris Hall.
The 2013 dragon's mid section in front of Uris Hall.
First-year students celebrate their successful march around campus and arrival on the Arts Quad during Dragon Day 2013.
First-year students celebrate their successful march around campus and arrival on the Arts Quad during Dragon Day 2013.
Students get ready to start the 2012 Dragon Day parade.
Students get ready to start the 2012 Dragon Day parade.
The 2012 dragon parades past Goldwin Smith Hall.
The 2012 dragon parades past Goldwin Smith Hall.
Final preparation for the 2011 dragon.
Final preparation for the 2011 dragon.
Dragon Day 2011.
Dragon Day 2011.
A sun-filled day for the 2010 Dragon Day parade.
A sun-filled day for the 2010 Dragon Day parade.
The 2010 dragon.
The 2010 dragon.
The 2009 dragon was the 108th in Cornell's history.
The 2009 dragon was the 108th in Cornell's history.
Scenes from the 2009 Dragon Day parade.
Scenes from the 2009 Dragon Day parade.
Dragon Day 2018 parade on a cold and rainy day. The dragon passes Rand Hall, early in its journey to the Arts Quad. The 2017 dragon blew smoke and doubled as a musical instrument. Dragon Day 2017 parade on a cold and rainy day. The 2017 dragon nears the Arts Quad. The 2016 dragon departs from Rand Hall. The 2016 Dragon begins its trek up East Avenue. First-year architecture students celebrate the end of the 2016 parade on the Arts Quad. The 2015 dragon getting finishing touches. First-year students celebrate as the 2015 dragon comes to rest on the arts quad. Students welded the steel tube dragon frame for Dragon Day 2014. First-year students on parade during Dragon Day 2014. First-year students on parade. The 2013 dragon's mid section in front of Uris Hall. First-year students celebrate their successful march around campus and arrival on the Arts Quad during Dragon Day 2013. Students get ready to start the 2012 Dragon Day parade. The 2012 dragon parades past Goldwin Smith Hall. Final preparation for the 2011 dragon. Dragon Day 2011. A sun-filled day for the 2010 Dragon Day parade. The 2010 dragon. The 2009 dragon was the 108th in Cornell's history. Scenes from the 2009 Dragon Day parade.

Every year in 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 2018 will be livestreamed. The parade will start at approximately 1 p.m. (schedule is subject to change) and the parade route is as follows:

  • Leaves The Foundry 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

Enjoy videos of past Dragon Day parades on CornellCast, and share your historic dragon photos with us.

Dragon Day 2018 T-shirts can now be purchased online!