Cornell’s Animal Celebrities:
Dragon Day

The largest animal to stalk the Cornell campus is the Dragon that appears each spring. Willard Straight ’01 was the student who helped start the tradition which began as a day of celebration for architecture students. Each year architecture students toil to create a dragon that rises from behind Sibley Hall and Rand Hall for its journey around campus. Over the years many dragons have been paraded across campus and, until recent regulations prohibited it, they met a fiery demise on the Arts Quad.

Dragon Day, circa 1904.
Dragon Day, circa 1925.
Dragon Day, circa 1979.
Dragon Day, 1994.
Dragon Day, 2006.
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Photographs courtesy of Kenneth Williams.

Dragon Day T-shirt, 1996.

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