The Parade is Not Just About the Costume…But it Helps

The Dragon Con Parade is about people coming together and sharing a love for all things geeky. Whether it is Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Science, there is something for everyone. The parade offers the opportunity to showcase yourself and your passions.

One of the groups in the parade is the Periodic Table. Jennie Law is the director. Although she is not a science teacher or works in the science field, it gave her an outlet to show off her love of science. This opened the door for others.

Kenny as PlutoniumOne of the participants, Kenny Litfin, has participated for the past three years. He represents Plutonium, which is ironic in the fact he was a nuclear engineer. For the past two years, his “costume” was a T-shirt with a picture of plutonium on it and shorts. This year was different. He wanted to do something a little more elaborate to enwrap himself in the parade. The Grim Reaper came to mind.

In working on this costume, he purchased the outer garment with hood. More research unveiled the discovery of the gloves and mask. The mask is mirrored, so that the person looking at him sees his own reflection. The final touch was his sickle. He added the element to his costume and he was ready to walk.

As a participant, Kenny had to keep in mind that this event is outdoors. Although the material was thin, the mask/hood created a tunnel-vision effect and it was black. By the time he reached the end of the route, he was soaking wet. It was a great thing that the local Boy Scouts were there handing out bottled water.

Would he wear it again? Absolutely. It’s part of the fun of being in the parade.

Author of the article

Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together. Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced. Her current adventure working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include several short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. With multiple degrees, she has a passion for learning and exploring new venues. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con. Check out her new website ( or on Instagram (@dramandafaith)