ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell University’s Dragon Day is a more than century-old tradition, in which first-year architecture students create a dragon and parade it through campus to the Arts Quad, where it battles with a phoenix created by rival engineering students. As costumed students flood the streets during this time every spring, they leave little room for TCAT buses. As such, expect some minor bus delays Friday for the celebration.

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The Dragon Day parade is scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, March 29. The parade will follow this route:

  • 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 and ending by Sibley Hall

TCAT said it anticipates minor delays throughout its system as a result of the parade and “asks for patience during this annual rite-of-spring tradition.”

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