SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – A Syracuse University staff member, holding an umbrella behind a table of hot chocolate, called for students to come get a cup of hot cocoa to begin their Tuesday morning. Syracuse University’s 87th annual Winter Carnival kicked off on the Quad with free hot chocolate. Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to participate in winter activities such as midnight snowshoe hiking and paint night. S.U. Traditions Commission hosts the event every February.
This year, Syracuse University is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a variety of events and service opportunities, allowing participants to reflect on S.U.’s impact and tradition. The Traditions Commission’s member and Program Coordinator for the Office of Student Activities, Matthew Shaler, explained the changes to Winter Carnival to celebrate Syracuse’s 150th anniversary.
“We usually do only 10 recipes and we bumped it to 15 this year,” Shaler said. “With 15 and 150 we tried to tie that in a little bit and make it a little bigger and better this year.”
Winter Carnival has been around since 1933 and its traditions live on today. To begin the festivities hot chocolate was available on the Quad Tuesday morning. Later in the week, students may participate in bingo, listen to Cozy Capella, or taste test 15 different chili recipes.
While the winter weather in Syracuse continues on a mild trend, Winter Carnival will embrace winter throughout the week. University officials hope the traditions of Winter Carnival will continue for generations to come.