What is Dragon Con? Well it is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe! People from all over the world converge on Atlanta in the fall to profess their love of fantasy and many dress up in costume while the rest of us come to observe. There are festivities all week long and on Saturday morning they hold a parade where convention participants can dress in costume and be a part of the procession showing off their passion and creativity.
I arrive downtown and decide to pay the small fee to park as it is now 10:10 and it starts at 10:00. A short walk and I am on Peachtree street amongst the thousands of people who have gathered on this beautiful morning. Some of the observers are in costumes and some are in street clothes like me. There are a lot of kids amongst the crowd attempting to see their favorite fictional characters come waltzing down the street. When I arrive the parade
has already started and the curbs along Peachtree Street are packed with people and I have a hard time seeing what is going on. I walk about 5 blocks down the street and it is all the same, completely full of people with their cameras and video recorders. I am sure all are grateful they arrived earlier and the weather has turned out to be gorgeous.
Finally I position myself behind some people and begin to observe and enjoy the festivities through the small gap in the crowd. At this time wishing I would have arrived a little earlier and been in the front row but for this year, behind the crowd will have to do. I hate when people push their way in when I am front and center so I will refrain from doing this myself and just hang out where I am at enjoying it the best I can.
Parade participation is open to anyone attending the conference and this year around 3,100 people marched in the parade. Characters like Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, Batman, Superman, Wonder women, Men in Black, were all represented. Many of them multiple times. Heck I am sure I saw at least 7 versions of the Ghostbusters and at least 3 Back to the Future time machines. It is obvious the convention attracts people who enjoy all elements of fiction and not just space like I had previously
envisioned. Even the Disney Princess were represented in the parade. Some of the partakers obviously spend some money on their outfits while others just added a little make up to make the flight of imagination come true.
seem to be having a wonderful time roll playing their particular genre. Groups of people like Pirates of the Caribbean, Zombieland, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Transformers, where all represented in small and large groups throughout the morning.
final participant was strolling down the street. It was a float of sorts with death like characters shooting smoke hoops through the morning air. The shooting of the smoke hoops made loud noises and I was impressed with the creativity of the float even though I had no context of the characters. This last of the parade passed by and it was time to head home again knowing that I would love to come back and see more of what Dragon Con has to offer.