Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the most magnificent opportunities to people watch. This is when Dragon Con takes place, and the city is flooded not only with attendees of the convention, but with cosplayers all around the entire area. The highlight of people watching is, of course, the parade.
Saturday (September 5) was Dragon Con's 14th year putting on a parade through downtown Atlanta. The nearly mile-long route consists largely of Peachtree Street, and ends up among the cluster of large, high-end hotels that host the convention.
Unlike the tawdry reputation Dragon Con after 10 P.M. has, the parade is an annual event appropriate for all ages. Additionally, there is no cost to attend the parade, allowing the general public a look at content that was otherwise exclusive to members only.
Crowds begin congregating well before sunrise along Peachtree, and this year the brave crowds were treated to gorgeous, cool temperatures. Last year's temperatures were oppressively hot, and the forecasted high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit with only moderate humidity made this year's experience much more pleasant.
Dragon Con is a conglomeration of, essentially, "anything goes," and there is no better representation of that than the parade. For example, in the photo below, a group of Star Trek fans brought along a man dressed as Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead, but instead of wearing a string of zombie ears, he's carrying a string of dead tribbles.
The costumes and props in the parade range from mild to extravagant.
There are also intricate floats and very badass vehicles, such as the vintage Bat Mobile below.
The parade typically lasts from one to three hours, and while the sidewalks are relatively maneuverable during the event, getting around afterwards is tedious, and almost impossible. It's actually the only time during the entire weekend that I came close to having a panic attack.
Dragon Con draws participants from all over the world, but the annual parade is a way in which the locals are treated to some amazing sights! Check out more images from this year's parade on the associated Facebook page!