Dragon-Con 2019 Editorials | Parade Highlight(s) | An Electrifying Mixture of Fandom

Updated: Sep 14, 2019

The Dragon-Con Parade is arguably one of the most memorable and iconic events in Atlanta’s culture as a cultural and artistic powerhouse in the South, and after attending it for the first time this year, I understood why. Dragon Con’s parade covers all the bases, from the enthralling vibrancy and detail of the costumes and floats to the adrenaline of being surrounded by thousands of other geeks and nerds. People began assembling along the sides of the road to get a good spot for the parade around 9 AM, sweltering in the unforgiving Atlanta sun for over an hour. Occasional cheers as random volunteers and staff members hyped up the crowd as we waited for the parade to begin, but from the moment that first bagpipe player came into sight, I knew I was in for an exciting ride.

The Jurassic Park trailer drove leisurely by, chased by good-natured T-Rexes and triceratops, followed by Seed and Feed, a massive community marching band of Disney princesses, gladiators, and Batwomen. Their explosive performance was an electrifying mixture of music and theater, keeping the crowd energized and excited for the acts yet to come.

Cosplayers Storm the Streets of Downtown Atlanta (Photo Copyright: Samyukta Iyer)

Marking a particularly touching moment was when a younger audience member requested to take a picture with Superman and Superwoman, stepping out from the side of the crowd in the midst of a chaotic parade. I was genuinely surprised by the patience and commitment to character that these two, as well as many of the other performers, displayed when interacting with the crowd. In fact, this specific interaction was truly made complete by an impromptu photo-bomb from Harley Quinn.

Cosplayers Storm the Streets of Downtown Atlanta (Photo Copyright: Samyukta Iyer)

The parade truly catered and represented almost every aspect of fandom imaginable. Each group brought their own unique flavors to the table, expressing passio