Walk out toward the middle of the bridge and you’ll find an old concrete pillar off to the side, situated in the water. It’s just close enough to be a challenge for bridge pedestrians to throw something on top.
And that’s exactly what Baylor students do — as well as others who want to join in on the tortilla tossing fun. People stand on the side of the bridge and try to toss tortillas on to the concrete pillar. Which isn’t easy. There’s a definite art to flinging tortillas — apparently it doesn't matter if they're flour or corn — through the air and having them land in just the right spot, kinda like tossing a Frisbee. Once these Wacoan tortilla tossers have exhausted their supply, they tie the plastic bag that the tortillas came in on to the spokes of the bridge.
Some say that if a Baylor student manages to plant a tortilla on to the concrete marker, they will graduate from Baylor in four years.
Like so many college traditions, it’s all in fun, although many don’t favor tossing tortillas into the Brazos River, nor defacing an historic bridge with plastic bags. You can read more about the tortilla tossing in the Baylor Lariat here.
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