Ask any Atlantan about Dragon Con and their first response is likely to be about the parade. The spectacle of thousands of cosplayers, young and old, dressed as their favorite pop culture characters marching down Peachtree Street is simply too much to resist. With an estimated attendance of some 75,000 people, the annual Dragon Con parade is the city’s best attended parade.

It was a happy coincidence. Taking a break during the 2000 convention, Henry and a friend were strolling down Peachtree St., where they witnessed a Salvation Army parade pass by. Thinking that Dragon Con should do a parade one day, they didn’t realize that the chance was right around the corner.

In 2001, for the first time, Dragon Con would be held in two host hotels – the Hyatt and the neighboring Marriot Marquis. Organizers were concerned a kind of convention inertia would set in: Fans would spend all their time in the Hyatt, just as they had for the past four years, but not visit the Marriott. To make sure fans knew about the second hotel, they routed the parade right through the Marriott’s front door, where parade participants and parade-goes alike were greeted with lemonade and cookies.

Director: Jan Price

Saturday, Sep 2, 2017 Parade begins at 10:00am

Welcome to the 2017 Dragon Con Parade! We look forward to seeing you Saturday, September 2, 10:00 AM on Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta.

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