Dragon*Con 2010 Parade


As much as Dragon*Con is about sci-fi, fantasy, etc., the one question I’m asked consistently is: “Did you dress up?” 

Dragon*Con is most observed by the public at large by its costumes.  Just ask the visiting college football fans (this year LSU and UNC) who, though “dressed up” themselves, tended to either point fingers or scurry away.

Each Saturday of Labor Day weekend, the costumed take to the streets of Atlanta and parade in their creations.  Costuming is not limited to the parade, however.  They’re worn in abundance throughout the convention.

This year, the weather was perfect, and the crowd arrived earlier than usual, with curbs already lined with spectators one hour beforehand.   Observing the assembling crowd, a truth emerges.  Dragon*Con is also a photography convention.  If one were to sum the values of all the cameras, lenses, flashes, and tripods and announce it publicly, I have no doubt that Nikon, Canon, Olympus and every other major manufacturer would be negotiating for convention space.

Consider: while it’s a parade, it generally moves fast.  Photographers have to identify their subjects, zoom, frame, snap and repeat hurriedly.  Then photo-editing is needed to crop the hands of the 5 year old that popped into a frame, the heads that are in the way, or other misfires.

Inside the hotel spaces lies the advanced photography class.  Taking pictures of people in the lobbies is a challenge, as ceilings tend to be 30 stories up and managing flash photography takes practice.  In the larger ballrooms, the lights are dimmed and spotlights are placed on the panelists.  Add to the low light challenge the distance from where you are seated, the equipment needed (light gathering ability of a zoom), and camera settings (speed priority, apertures, ISO and white balance), and… well, I get a lot of bad pictures.  But I’m getting better.  I know; woe is me.  And you’re just here for the pictures.

How about an ordinary bicycle?

Who knew these still existed?

I happened to have played Metroid, and I have to admire the baseball helmets used as shoulder pads.


Here’s someone who did exactly what mom or dad said to do, but didn’t promise to like it.:

In line for one of the panels, I asked a fellow what drew him to wear a Steampunk costume (generally 19th century British attire, usually with hats and vests, adorned with various mechanical components - watches, optical equipment, or anything with brass - attached.  Oh, and goggles).  His reply, “Look around.  I get to look good.”  Here’s a couple examples from the parade.

Steampunk   Steampunk Plus

I’m not sure what period or place this is from, but it’s clear she likes it:

The next one speaks.  How?  It says, “Honey, if you want to dress up and march in the parade, of course I’ll be there for you.”

Indiana Jones

And then there’s one of those moments of unintended humor.  Who’s Your Daddy???

Who's your Daddy?

Shortly after the parade, we came across this scene, which expressed a common sentiment of many attending.

The FOX exec who cancelled "Firefly"

Many more Dragon*Con parade photos and other pictures at the Con can be viewed by clicking the highlighted links.  There.  Just above.  See them?  Good.


  1. Re: I’m not sure what period or place this is from, but it’s clear she likes it...

    This is a recreation of Carol Burnett's takeoff of Scarlett O'Hara, except instead of using the drapes to make a dress the Burnett character literally wears the drapes...

  2. This is awesome! I came across your blog by clicking the next button and glad I did. I would've loved to see this.

  3. Barbara, thanks! But how did you know that?

    This - glad you liked it.