ITHACA — The gloomy, rainy day did not hinder Cornell University’s annual Dragon Day celebration.

Every year, first-year architecture students craft an enormous dragon and parade it through campus to the Arts Quad. Leading the way are students in all sorts of crazy costumes.

As the huge metal dragon was pulled down East Avenue, “Puff the Magic Dragon” played on the Cornell Chimes.

The Cornell tradition dates back more than 100 years and is celebrated every March. A rivalry between the College of Architecture and the College of Engineering is also part of history. Engineering students always create a phoenix to rival the dragon. This year, there was also a unicorn on the route constructed by physics students.

Here’s 30 photos of the celebration Friday. All photos by Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

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