Dragon Con parade takes Atlanta by storm – Technical
Since 1987, Atlanta has hosted Dragon Con, one of the largest fan-run, multimedia, pop culture conventions in the world.
Built out of a desire to have a single convention that could cater to fans of more than one genre, the five-day event focuses on everything from sci-fi, fantasy, games and anime to literature, music, art and cinema.
Since its inception, Dragon Con has grown far beyond the original layout of a single hotel with an attendance of approximately 1,200 people.
Now, the convention spans five different hotels as well as the AmericasMart and draws more than 75,000 people each Labor Day weekend.
One of the main attractions of the weekend was the Dragon Con Parade.
Crossing Midtown Atlanta, the parade route ran the length of Peachtree Street NE before looping to end in front of the Hyatt Hotel on Peachtree Center Avenue NE.
Thousands of people lined the sides of the streets as cosplayers roamed the roads dressed as characters from nearly every type of media, such as movies, TV shows and video games.
The parade creates an energetic buzz in the city every year, and this year was no exception. As early as 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, costumed convention attendees could be seen finding spots to watch the parade or preparing to march there themselves.
Netherworld Haunted House prepared a towering float of skeletons, zombies, and gruesome pumpkins while several feet ahead of them, two men prepared a rolling replica of the X-Wing (Star Wars), with R2-D2 perched on top.
Over the next few hours, costumed and plainclothes fans of all ages lined the streets waiting for the parade to begin.
They put on makeup, mingled, took pictures with their favorite characters, and generally soaked up the feel-good energy of the weekend.
One such attendee was Chris Godbey, a native of California who has been active on the convention scene since 1970. Because she has family living in Georgia, she says she keeps a costume closet at their house, which allows him to change his costume every day. ConDragon.
When she spoke to Technicalthe woman was dressed as a character from “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.
She wore a black and white skirt layered under a lined black corset.
An ornate shoulder cover was draped over the corset, and pearls stood out like silver raindrops against the black mesh of the cover.
Black satin gloves were pulled up above her elbows and a black and white floppy hat hid her face. A single red flower stood out as the only pop of color in her costume.
Her elaborate costume, combined with the fact that she has a different one for each day of the convention, shows the dedication that many Dragon Con fans have towards the annual event.
While costume contests are commonplace at most conventions, Dragon Con was one of the first of its time to encourage all-day cosplay outside of the competition.
The weekend attracts skilled cosplayers from near and far who see it as the perfect opportunity to show off the products of countless hours of labor.
Some convention attendees have sewn dresses seen in video games, hand-assembled leather armor, crafted motorized fairy wings, and designed intricate headdresses and fake weapons from fictional worlds.
Saturday morning, they all walk down the street to celebrate creativity.
After the parade ended between the spread of host hotels, Dragon Con continued to be a lively environment where fans could show the passion they have for the media they love and receive nothing but acceptance and support. of those around them.
New cosplayers smiled widely when children who recognized their character in the parade came to ask for a photo with them.
People excitedly lined up for panels hosted by their favorite actors, artists and authors; shopped among the many vendors selling everything from pins and t-shirts to shoulder puppets and figurines; and made new friends in hotel hallways.
The annual convention has become an Atlanta staple, bringing together thousands of people and celebrities over Labor Day weekend for nearly 120 hours of memories that will continue to be talked about until the scam of the next year.