Binghamton University students celebrate Spring Fling
Binghamton University students will officially bid adieu to cold weather during Spring Fling festivities on Saturday, April 30. Students will usher in the spring with one of the University’s oldest traditions, the annual “Stepping on the Coat,” and a jam-packed schedule of music, food and fun. The events are open to the community.
Festivities will begin at noon Saturday, April 30, in front of the upper level of the University Union. A Binghamton University tradition, the “Stepping on the Coat” ceremony, is scheduled to begin at 12:50 p.m. A rite of spring since 1962, the coat-stomping ritual has, according to students, become vital to the onset of warm weather after Binghamton’s long winters.
Activities will include interactive booths and vendors. A variety of bands and musicians, including Binghamton University’s own Rhythm Method a capella group, as well as artists such as Jared Campbell, Lemonstone, Four Weeks Notice, Sinister Yu, Allister and Code Anchor will provide musical entertainment throughout the day. Additional entertainment will be provided by the Nervous Breakdown break dancing troupe and comedians Pappy Parker Players. Carnival rides lined up to entertain the crowds include the Round-up, the Hurricane and a Ferris wheel.
Free food including hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, lemonade and iced tea will be served. Spring Fling will close with a live performance at 7 p.m. by the band Less Than Jake.
Spring Fling is sponsored by the a selection of campus offices and organizations including the Student Association, the Office of Campus Activities and Orientation, and the Division of Student Affairs.
For more information about Spring Fling, call 607-777-2811.