5 ways to celebrate ‘Appreciate a Dragon Day’ in Birmingham (PHOTOS)
January 16 is “Enjoy a Dragon Day” according to the Days of the year website. How are you going to celebrate this “national holiday” in the Magic City? We’ve found five things you can do. Continue reading.
Dragons – 2nd iconic symbol of Birmingham
I’m going to make a bold statement. Yes, Vulcan is arguably Birmingham’s most iconic symbol.
Who comes 2nd? It has to be the most feared (Game of Thrones) and lovable (Shrek) real and mythical creature… the Dragon.
Dragons are everywhere in Birmingham
For people who live on the Southside, UAB’s dragon mascot, Blaze, is ubiquitous. But for this story, we found North Birmingham dragons at the zoo.
Here’s our handy tip sheet on where you can find them on “Dragon Day” and, in some cases, ways to support your local dragons.
See real live dragons at Birmingham Zoo
Want to see a real dragon? Visit them at Birmingham Zoo!
Last February, the zoo welcomed baby Philippine Sailfin Dragon triplets. Their names? Ezekiel, Nat and Tony. Don’t worry, they don’t steal or destroy villages. They are simply adorable. Here is the latest update from Zookeepers.
“Dragons grow fast! They just celebrated their first birthday and are making great progress in their training. They learn to take food with a pair of pliers. This skill will help animal care professionals weigh and monitor dragons. They are full of energy and love to jump, climb and hide!
If you’re looking for the Mythical Dragons, celebrate “Appreciate a Dragon Day” by checking out the Silk Lantern Dragons featured at the front of the Zoo Plaza during Glow Wild. There are only 2 days left to see them: January 16 & 17 from 5 p.m. at 9:00 p.m.
Buy a ticket online at www.birminghamzoo.com/glowwild or at the door.
Ken Jackson, the philanthropist who donated the Blaze statue at the entrance to UAB Collat School of Business, told us in 2018 why the dragon is such a powerful symbol for the Blazers and the UAB community.
“I am convinced that Blaze is one of the most intimidating and inspiring logos of any college in the country,” said Ken Jackson.
UAB went “all in” with Blaze. The beloved image of the dragon is painted on buses, and the mascot actually enters the protective stadium on a tank pulled by a motorcycle. You can even see a topiary of the winged fire-breathing creature on Campus Green.
Mighty Dragons of Wenonah
Located at the southwest end of town, Wenonah High School’s motto is:
Where champions are created.
Over 750 students attend High School 5A, and over the past decade Mighty Dragons has produced 4 state champion boys and girls basketball teams each.
North Birmingham Mural/Ecoscape
If you are traveling in the North Birmingham area, take a look at the dragon mural on 30th Avenue North behind the Maxway. The mural stands next to the North Birmingham Ecoscape and, according to Roald Hazelhoff, director of the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College, the building was once part of a film shot in the area.
Want to know more about the artists? To follow Mural Mammoth on Facebook.
Buy Dragon Art at ZooLN Art
A final way to appreciate a dragon is to purchase “dragon” art. One of our favorites is Sue Ellen Brown’s work at Homewood’s ZoolLN Art.
She has everything from jewelry to monograms. I especially like it whimsical Dracoseric alphabet, made entirely of dragons.
To visit him etsy site and take a magical tour.
Good luck finding all the dragons today from the zoo at a local etsy website. Enjoy!
Did we miss any other “dragons” in the magic city? Let us know by tagging us on social media at @bhamnow