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Captain Picard Day

Riker and Troi watch on, as Picard chooses a winner

Riker imitates Picard

"Wouldn't you agree, Number One?"

"Captain Picard Day is one of the children's favorite school activities, they look forward to it all year."

Captain Picard Day was an annual event held aboard the USS Enterprise-D for the ship's schoolchildren. The day's activities included a contest, judged by Captain Jean-Luc Picard himself, in which the children created paintings and models of the captain. Picard wasn't very fond of the event himself, as he generally did not respond well to children.

In 2370, a seven-year-old named Paul Menegay won the contest with an orange clay sculpture of the captain's head. Much to Picard's dismay, Commander William T. Riker took great pleasure in the proceedings. As a means of revenge, Picard arranged to have a "Commander Riker Day" the following month, and planned to enter the competition himself. (TNG: "The Pegasus")

In 2380, Ensign Brad Boimler told Beckett Mariner that his girlfriend, Lieutenant Barbara Brinson, was "as real as a hopped-up Q on Captain Picard Day." (LD: "Cupid's Errant Arrow")

Despite his apparent disdain for the event, Picard retained a banner from the one such celebration within his vault at the Starfleet Museum Quantum Archives, where it was visible in 2399. (PIC: "Remembrance")

Since 2007, fans have celebrated Captain Picard Day on June 16th of each year, because that date is equivalent to stardate 47457.1, which is mentioned in the episode "The Pegasus". There is some debate if Captain Picard Day first took place on stardate 47457.1 or before, but June 16th has been accepted as the official Captain Picard Day. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] In 2010, Virgin 1 followed suit with its own June 16th block of Picard-centric episodes: "The Big Goodbye", "Captain's Holiday", "Family", "Darmok", "The Inner Light", "Tapestry", "Lessons", and "The Pegasus".

Memorable quotes[]

"They seem to have a rather exaggerated impression of me."
"I don't know; I think the resemblance is rather striking. Wouldn't you agree, Number One?"

- Picard and Riker, while Riker holds a doll of Picard and imitates his voice

"Captain Picard Day?"
"Oh uh … Yes it's a … it's … it's for the children. I'm a … (nervous chuckle) I'm a role model."
"I'm sure you are. Starfleet out."

- Admiral Margaret Blackwell and Picard, regarding the decorations behind the latter during communications

"You know, I'm sorry, but I'm starting to think that Barb might not actually exist."
"Oh, she's real. She's as real as a hopped-up Q on Captain Picard Day."

- Beckett Mariner and Brad Boimler, on Brad's girlfriend (LD: "Cupid's Errant Arrow")