Dragon day is when the 1st year students who study architecture at Cornell University build a wooden dragon and parade him down the main street - have a fight with the Phoenix (engineer school) and then walk the dragon to the quad where they proceed to burn him to the ground. It sounds all gruesome but its really a lot of fun. They TP the trees and are a generally fun loving shouting crowd that has a good time. Lots of funny costumes and several hundred if not a couple of thousand people come out for it. Its been happening for decades. I have seen about 12 myself. My boys have seen about 3. The students use to just run a muck with no firefighters but now its all taped off and hoses are around and all the toilet paper gets cleaned up early. This year was a very nice yellow dragon with red hands and green cheesecloth body. The spikes down his back moved up and down - its always cool when they have moving parts.