After a Summer filled with travel we have had a pretty low key few weeks – at least as low key as you can get with school starting again! So with Labor Day approaching we debated hopping in the car and heading out of town, but decided to stick around and explore some of the best of what Atlanta has to offer.
And that, my friends, was DragonCon 2013. The largest multi-media, popular culture convention has long been on my radar, not because I know much of what happens there but because everyone has told us how fun the parade is. In years past we have either not been in town or our kids have been too young, but this year we headed out early and claimed our space on the curb and had front row seats to this amazingly entertaining event.
Some tips: The parade started at 10, and we got there at 8:15. By 9 the crowds behind us were 4 people deep. If you want a seat (either on the curb itself or you can bring a chair) the earlier you can get there the better. Bring snacks, and something to keep your kids entertained, because the wait seemed to drag on forever, although people watching is at a premium at this event! Bathrooms, and parking, are hard to find, so prepare for both, we took MARTA down and this was definitely the easiest option. We also found a hotel that let us use their bathroom, which was great with a young desperate child in tow!
My kids are 5 and 2, and I was a little nervous that the event may be too scary for them at times, but they both handled it really well. L, 2, spent most of the time staring at the participants in a mixture of shock and awe, waving the entire time.
F, 5, spent most of the time in search of characters he knew, of which there were a few, but neither of them really got scared at any point. If your kids get scared easily, or the thought of zombies or skeletons or people draped in fake blood would be scary for them, then this parade probably isn’t your thing.
I will be honest, I was pretty clueless as to who most of these people were supposed to be. My husband did a good job of filling me in, but I don’t think you need to know. I definitely appreciated the thought and work that went into many of these costumes, and we know we will return next year (with chairs!) to watch it all over again!