2013 DragonCon Parade

Saturday, August 31, 2013

DragonCon has invaded Atlanta for Labor Day weekend. One of the big draws for the convention, including the 57,000 attendees that were expected over the past five days, is the annual parade. For the past 12 years Peachtree Street has been shut down as hundreds of costumed fans wind their way through downtown. This year, Ghostbusters seemed to be one of the major themes. I am assuming this was because Ernie Hudson, who played Winston Zeddemore in the movie series, was in attendance. As always Star Trek and Star Wars were well represented. There was also a major presence by fans of steampunk, Bio Shock, super heroes and villains and zombies. Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian through the Star Wars series and Jason David Frank who played the Green Power Ranger also made their way through the parade route. This year there is over 3,500 hours of content including seminars with William Shatner, the cast of the Walking Dead, some of the contestants from the SyFy Channel’s FaceOff reality television show, anime voice actors, and George Takei to name just a few.

Danielle Weisgerber (left) holds her husband Patrick's hand as they make their way to the staging area for the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Danielle Weisgerber (left) holds her husband Patrick’s hand as they make their way to the staging area for the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Fiona Burnett (left) plays a game of Magic with her brother as they wait for the start of the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Fiona Burnett (left) plays a game of Magic with her brother as they wait for the start of the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Rana McAnear (right) heads to the staging area for the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Rana McAnear (right) heads to the staging area for the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Ian Magrogan (right) leans over to get a better look down the street as he waits for the start of the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Ian Magrogan (right) leans over to get a better look down the street as he waits for the start of the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Charlie Rath (left) points out costumed characters to his mother Marjorie and brother Anthony as they wait for the start of the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Charlie Rath (left) points out costumed characters to his mother Marjorie and brother Anthony as they wait for the start of the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Rachel Burdge (center) carries her robot k-9 across Baker Street as she heads to the staging area for the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Rachel Burdge (center) carries her robot k-9 across Baker Street as she heads to the staging area for the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as an angry panda, Nick Dinehart (right) waits for the  annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as an angry panda, Nick Dinehart (right) waits for the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as a minion from the movie Despicable Me, Melina Le waits for the  annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as a minion from the movie Despicable Me, Melina Le waits for the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

De'Andra Roberts waves a DragonCon flag as she watches the annual parade pass through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

De’Andra Roberts waves a DragonCon flag as she watches the annual parade pass through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as alien, Samantha Watters marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as alien, Samantha Watters marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed in Indiana Jones garb, Jason Antonelli (left) and Joseph Moran steer a motorcycle in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed in Indiana Jones garb, Jason Antonelli (left) and Joseph Moran steer a motorcycle in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Cullen Hill sits on his father David's shoulders as they watch the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Cullen Hill sits on his father David’s shoulders as they watch the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Known for his role as the Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank waves to the crowd as he makes his way down Peachtree Street in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Known for his role as the Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank waves to the crowd as he makes his way down Peachtree Street in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Cassidy Fishman (left) and Joe Gresham watch the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Cassidy Fishman (left) and Joe Gresham watch the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Karen Parker plays the clarinet as she marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Karen Parker plays the clarinet as she marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Fern Garber blows bubbles at the crowd as she marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Fern Garber blows bubbles at the crowd as she marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed in Star Trek garb, Joe Cepeda uses a video camera to record the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed in Star Trek garb, Joe Cepeda uses a video camera to record the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as Iron Man, Kevin Mathis marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as Iron Man, Kevin Mathis marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Hunter Leininger marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Hunter Leininger marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as Gollum, Peter Vander marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as Gollum, Peter Vander marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as Bizzaro, Tim Nichols marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as Bizzaro, Tim Nichols marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as Big Daddy, a character from the video game Bio Shock, Zach Krohne (right)  marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as Big Daddy, a character from the video game Bio Shock, Zach Krohne (right) marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as Phsyco, a character from the video game Borderlands 2, James Davis  marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as Phsyco, a character from the video game Borderlands 2, James Davis marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Ernie Hudson (right) waves to the crowd as he makes his way down Peachtree Street in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Ernie Hudson (right) waves to the crowd as he makes his way down Peachtree Street in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

John Kascak (center) drives a float in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

John Kascak (center) drives a float in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed in steampunk attire, Janet Sella marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed in steampunk attire, Janet Sella marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Alan Russell Koslow (right) uses a magnifying glass to examine Brooklyn Wucher as he marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Alan Russell Koslow (right) uses a magnifying glass to examine Brooklyn Wucher as he marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as a zombie, Stan Bowman marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as a zombie, Stan Bowman marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Billy Dee Williams makes an appearance in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Billy Dee Williams makes an appearance in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as a character from Star Wars, Jake Townsend marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as a character from Star Wars, Jake Townsend marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as Darth Vader, Don Johnson marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as Darth Vader, Don Johnson marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as a character from Star Wars, Stephen Eisenhauer marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as a character from Star Wars, Stephen Eisenhauer marches in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Dressed as a Cylon, Kendall Bailey poses for photos in the lobby of the Hyatt  Regency hotel during DragonCon in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dressed as a Cylon, Kendall Bailey poses for photos in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel during DragonCon in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Lauren Castor (right) and Jonny Calise stand in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel during DragonCon in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Lauren Castor (right) and Jonny Calise stand in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel during DragonCon in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Mike Sakuta (left) and Nicole Harsch demonstrate the proper technique to using swords during one of the numerous seminars at DragonCon in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Mike Sakuta (left) and Nicole Harsch demonstrate the proper technique to using swords during one of the numerous seminars at DragonCon in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Schuyler Selver uses a spy glass to watch one of the numerous seminars at DragonCon in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Schuyler Selver uses a spy glass to watch one of the numerous seminars at DragonCon in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Mike Sakuta (right) and Nicole Harsch demonstrate the proper technique to using swords during one of the numerous seminars at DragonCon in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Mike Sakuta (right) and Nicole Harsch demonstrate the proper technique to using swords during one of the numerous seminars at DragonCon in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

Zeva Leader (right) and Liam Hallett make dragon puppets during one of the numerous seminars at DragonCon in Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Zeva Leader (right) and Liam Hallett make dragon puppets during one of the numerous seminars at DragonCon in Atlanta on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

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