The Walk of a Thousand Characters

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Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter

Crowds began filling the sidewalks along Peachtree Street by 8AM on Saturday for one of the weekend’s most popular events: the Dragon Con Parade. The oldest and youngest fans alike eagerly awaited seeing their favorite costumes and characters.

The parade kicked off with a bagpipe player, Janny Wurts, leading a contingent of dragons escorting the Dragon Con banner. Following close behind were the color guard and Colonial Marines.

This year’s Grand Marshal was the legendary Stan Lee, joined by Ms. Pepper Potts as Mary Jane Watson and Ginger Oh Snap! as Gwen Stacy. Following closely behind was Angry Plain Jane as Mysterio, with the S.H.I.E.L.D. truck keeping a close eye on things.

Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter

The parade attracted cosplayers of all types and fandoms. Everything from traditional sci-fi such as Stargate and, of course, Star Wars to classic and modern comics, and even interesting mash-ups like a Deadpool Spartan made appearances. Special guests included the Literary Track Guest of Honor Jane Yolen, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and Kane were also seen riding through the parade.

Netherworld Haunted House pulled out all the stops, adding a bit of horror to the parade. Keeping them in line were the Ghostbusters following closely behind.

The parade also featured Dragon Con classics like the 501st Legion, the Spartans, and the Periodic Table. Also seen were characters from current favorites such as Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and The Handmaid’s Tale. For the gamer in all of us there were contingents from hits such as League of Legends, Borderlands, and Overwatch.

Wrapping up the parade, as is tradition, was Robot Santa from Futurama.

Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Jesse Garrett
Photo by Jesse Garrett
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Jesse Garrett
Photo by Jesse Garrett
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter
Photo by Brandilyn Carpenter

 

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