This year's Dragon Con as come and gone. Luckily for us close friend, Mel Terry was down there. She was able to take some great pictures of the parade. Below you can find some of those pictures. As well as a piece that she wrote for us about her time down there. Thanks again Mel! We are glad you had a blast. You rock!
Oh, Dragon*Con! How I've missed you! Well, I guess not that much since I now follow your every move on the Internet, via Facebook! So, thank you for keeping me abreast of everyone that was either going to appear, or decided at the last minute (due to scheduling conflicts, of course) not to show up.
But I digress! It was yet time for my annual pilgrimage to the ATL for Dragon*Con. This year was deemed "Ladies' Weekend" by my partner in crime, Ms. Leketha Collins (aka, Pinkie Jackson). She, along with my sister-in-law, Vernita (or, Rose Marie), braved the 6-hour drive to Atlanta, through the nightmarish traffic. It was actually not as bad as it has been the last few years - possibly due to our arrival before the usual rush hour traffic. I mean, not only was it Dragon*Con weekend, but it was the weekend of the UGA and some other university's football team game. Hey, if you're school doesn't contain words "University of Memphis", or you don't have a Tiger as a mascot, I will barely follow your team. Therefore, it was pretty crowded this weekend.
Friday night, we spent most of it planning for the weekend's festivities, as well as a few hours travelling back to the 11th century at Medieval Times. The soup and the entertainment was awesome! Touring the torture chamber and checking out the relics of the past - dude! When I tell you that I wanted to scream every time I turned and saw a picture of someone being sawed in half, or someone sitting on a throne of spikes... let's just say that I am thankful that I was born in the right century!
On Saturday, we got up early, ate breakfast, and took the Marta down to Civic Center to join up with the rest of the people that we knew would be dressed and ready to enjoy the annual Dragon*Con parade. There were so many versions of Rey from The Force Awakens, I lost count after seeing the little girl that was dressed as her, and I wanted to adopt her! She was that cute! I know! I have one child already, and the one is enough. This kid was just so adorable! We made our way down Peachtree Street to find a spot close enough to the Sheraton (one of the host hotels) so we could get our badges following the parade.
For two hours, we enjoyed the many sights of Doctor Who, Star Trek, and, one of my favorites, the 501st Legion. We had front row seats (the first time in a long time) to homemade floats, costumes, and vehicles that you could have sworn were actually in that movie you just watched night before. Seriously, the DeLorean was awesome, and that patrol car from "The Blues Brothers" was pretty damn good! I was in awe of all of the costumes, secretly wishing that I had worn my Death Eaters' cloak and mask so I could join some of my fellow Potter fans during the parade. Alas, I was forced to just sit and enjoy the lifelike Falcor floating down Peachtree Street.
The remainder of my Dragon*Con experience was spent walking around, staring at the various versions of Eleven from "Stranger Things", as well as the one guy dressed as Jason, standing at the top of the escalator in the Marriot with a machete in his hand. I just wanted him to jump out at one person, at least one person, to watch him/her scream and run in terror. He was still there on Sunday afternoon, joined by Freddy Kruger dressed in a red Star Trek uniform. I hate to say it, but Jason won this round as the best dressed villain.
After a weekend of walking around downtown Atlanta, doing the cupid shuffle with a couple of belly dancers in the middle of the Georgia Aquarium, and nearly finishing off my collection of Funko Pops from the Harry Potter series, I stalked Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series) so I could get his autograph. Since I now have something signed by both Malfoys, I can seek out my favorite red head - Rupert Grint! Yo, Ruper! I'm coming for you!
For ten years, I have been making the trip to Atlanta to be with my people. I've traveled by plane and by car. Each time, I've learned different ways to work around the crowds and the traffic that has made even the most seasoned Dragon*Con goer cry in pain! After thirty years, this Con has grown from being housed one hotel to multiple locations throughout Downtown Atlanta. I can only imagine what this Con will be like in another thirty years. All I know is that I cannot wait for my next adventure to Dragon*Con. Next time, I'm making costumes because I felt like a junky going through withdrawals this weekend. The one costume that I had no hand in actually making on my sewing machine was not enough! I'm thinking Steven Universe inspired, or Fraggle Rock. I've got a little while to think about and to work on the costumes.