Dillo Day 2016

The contemporary Armadillo day has its roots in May Day, or Mayfete. Mayfete was a time when students would celebrate the "renunciation of the May Queen of the temporal world for a spiritual one," according to a 1951 history of the event.  May Day expanded to May Week in 1946 to accommodate a women's sing, men's sing, and an honors ceremony. Ultimately this event evolved into a month long celebration known as Mayfest which includes the event known today as "Dillo Day.”

Armadillo Day began in 1972 when Northwestern students from Texas held a small celebration in honor of the armadillo - a mammal common in their native Texas. More than 42 years later, "Dillo Day" is the culmination of Mayfest with an all-day Saturday event on the lakefront featuring national and locally known bands, games and vendors. Dillo Day is one of the university's most notable traditions.

Check out the Huffington Post's article and photos of Dillo Day!

And here are our NU photos from Dillo Day on Facebook!