|Wolverine and a Sleestack|
The Dragon*Con Parade is the largest event of the Dragon*Con weekend, the world's largest science-fiction/fantasy convention, held annually during Labor Day weekend. The Parade participants are registered 'members' of Dragon*Con—all in costumes from movies, television, comic books, fiction and self-made creations. The highly-anticipated Parade is open to the public.
From the corner of Peachtree Street and Baker Street, I could hear the crowds cheering immediately before the Parade participants rounded the corner. The Parade was packed with fan favorite characters, but the kids seem to like Darth Vader the most. He very graciously forewent the Star Wars Vader March to shake hands and give "high fives" to kids, who were on their feet in excitement and many of them in costumes themselves.
The Dragon*Con Parade is not your typical parade. There are no politicians, no 300-member marching bands, no floats nor participants that do not directly tie to the theme of the event. At the Dragon*Con Parade you get super superheroes, alien antagonists and favorite sci-fi/fantasy television personalities…more than I can possibly recall.
Will I watch the Parade next year? No, I actually plan to participate in the Parade. So mark your calendars now and check me out when I join the legions of Klingons, vampires, and Wookies…and who knows what else!
Visiting the Dragon*Con Parade
Date toured: Saturday, September 4, 2010 - Next Dragon*Con Parade: Labor Day Weekend 2011
Hours: 10 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. (check website for exact time)
Location: Peachtree Street downtown Atlanta (check website for exact parade route)
MARTA: any station near the convention host hotels - Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta Hilton & Towers, Atlanta Sheraton and Westin Peachtree Plaza