Anyways, onto Saturday!
So since Saturday was long and more or less divided into two parts (parade and then later) I’ll be writing two posts for Saturday. I woke up waaaay too early for Dragon*Con to get dressed and into my Melisandre costume and hustle the fifteen or so minute walk over to the park where the parade was lining up. We had to be there by 9:45 and I strolled in around 9:30 I’d say, so not too shabby. On my way out of the Sheraton I ran into Svetlana of Kamui Cosplay. She’s a German cosplayer who primarily does World of Warcraft costumes and whose tutorials have been invaluable to Jon. I was way too excited to meet her and snapped a quick picture of her and her husband, Benni. Svetlana seemed surprised that I recognized her out of costume, but she does all her video tutorials out of costume, so it isn’t that weird.
I was a little worried I’d get lost going to the parade but soon hooked up with two extremely sparkly Pink Lanterns who were on their way to the parade. By the way, why did I never before know that Lanterns can be many colors besides yellow and green? I guess I am showing my general ignorance of comic book lore, sigh.
The parade had 42 (I believe) groups spanning all aspects of fan-dom: Tolkien, Wheel of Time, Dr. Who, videogames, internet memes, animation, anime, Marvel superheroes, DC superheroes, Star Wars, Star Trek, an actual marching band or two, a few groups of LARPers (Live Action Role-Players) who staged combat, lots of vehicles including numerous Ghostbuster mobiles…you name it, it was probably there. The only negative about being in the parade is not getting to see the parade!