Dragon Day 2008

I encountered a Cornell tradition today. The Friday before spring break is “Dragon Day”. Freshmen from the College of Architecture design and build a dragon, which they parade around and burn. It’s quite a spectacle.  Apparently there used to be rivalry between the architecture and engineering students, so the engineers build a phoenix every year to compete with the dragon. Dragon and Phoenix The event dates back to the early 1900s, and there are some pretty neat pictures on the Wikipedia page  The Inferno 

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