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A Photo History of Dragon Day


Close-up of dragon head from 1990. Black and white image of a horse and wagon pulling a dragon, that is draped over students who are walking behind the cart. From the early 1900s. An open-mouth dragon is resting in place while a crowd walks into the beast. Black and white image, taken in 1927. In 1988, a tall dragon made its way down East Avenue. A green paper mache head covers the 1964 dragon, with student draped in fabric making up the body. A. D. White statue adorned with the dragon head in 1965. Ezra Cornell’s statue on the Arts Quad is covered in the 1964 dragon following the parade. The 1972 dragon head, waiting in the third floor of Sibley Hall. Students carrying the dragon head out of the studio. Students in 1927, gathered around the drafting table to plan that year’s dragon. A dragon clad over a car lies toppled in the road as the body made up of students and fabric, stands to the side. In the 70s a dragon with a small head and long body turns out from behind Sibley Hall to start the parade. The upright dragon in front of Rand Hall, 1988. Crowds surround the dragon in 1987 as it makes it way along the parade route. In 1989, the dragon was set on fire adrift in Beebe Lake. Birds-eye view from 1972. A yellow-bellied dragon passes by Willard Strait Hall in 1987. Students wearing the dragon head and body on the Arts Quad in 1964. A dragon head hanging out of the third floor window of East Sibley Hall, while students hang out of the other windows. Costumed students join the parade in 1980. A shimmering gold and silver dragon soars over the parade in 2010. The parade in full swing in 1927, in this black and white image taken on the Arts Quad. Last-minute adjustments for the 1981 dragon. The same dragon, up in flames following the parade through campus. The crowd watches as the dragon burns. What’s left of the dragon after the ceremonial burning in 1990. Another vantage point to watch the fire, looking up at Sibley Dome.

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  2. I have been convinced for a very long time that my alma mater should change its mascot to that of the DRAGON. We at Big Red are most definitely not bear-like, or at least we no longer are. We are outgoing, we are influential world-wide, we are intense, and in the most connected and relevant way we are dramatic. Our current mascot does not reflect our great institution. We should get this done.

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