Dragon*Con has a parade that weaves through Atlanta Saturday morning, around 10:00. I’ve never actually made it to the parade, due to a combination of sleeping in after staying up until 2:00 or 3:00 and the amount of time it takes me to get into costume in the morning. This year I have decided to march in the parade with the Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire group while wearing my Melisandre costume (makeup and wig test-run pictures sometime later this week!) I figure if I signed up to actually be in the parade then there would be no avoiding it. This is Dragon*Con’s 25th anniversary and it is also the 10th anniversary of the parade, so I’m glad to have the opportunity to march. I need to also note that I have never been in a parade, so there’s a first time for everything!
In honor of my marching in the Dragon*Con parade, here is a run down from some parades in my past.
When I was 8 or 9 I went to one of the many circus parades in Sarasota. Sarasota started as a circus town and it used to be the winter home of the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus. I do not know if this was an official Ringling Brothers parade or just one of the many in-town circuses having a parade (circus people breeding = many circuses!), but I do remember having a enjoyable time until the elephants joined the parade. Elephants are majestic, awe-inspiring creatures until one takes a shit right in front of your parade-viewing spot. I’d say that three or four elephants decided to void themselves right in front of my parade-viewing spot, making the rest of the parade an olfactory adventure.