Aug. 31st, 2014

What I sent to my family about DragonCon--this weekend is the big Sci Fi/Fantasy convention in Atlanta, DragonCon. Some of my students go to it and so do a bunch of the faculty apparently! But the parade is public and free, so I went to watch it Saturday morning. I actually gave up about halfway through, because the heat and the crowds were just overwhelming--unless you get there at 8:30 for a 10 am parade, you don't get to see very clearly! I will remember that for next year. The crowds had to be seen to be believed.

It opened with a lone bagpiper, followed by the DragonCon banner. There were dragons, of course, and Dr. Who groups of various sorts (there were a lot of women in blue and white fluffy ball dresses, as some sort of Tardis), Xena and the Power Rangers, Lego Xmen, dinosaurs, vampires (followed by a real blood drive mobile which made me laugh) and zombies and the entirety of the Periodic Table! :) And I didn't see the whole thing (there were half a dozen Ghostbuster cars, plus the De Lorean from Back to the Future and Speed Racer's #5). And lots and lots of groups I didn't recognize. The guys behind me were naming groups as they went by, which helped--the dwarves from the Hobbit marched by in their barrels going down the rivier :) --but there were groups from various online games and such that I'd never heard of, and probably movies and TV shows as well. Not a lot of floats, though. Mostly just marching spectacle.

Much fun!



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