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Dragon Con Parade Brings Cosplay To Downtown Atlanta

People dressed as Roman soldiers pose for the media at the Dragon Con 2018 parade in downtown Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.
People dressed as Roman soldiers pose for the media at the Dragon Con 2018 parade in downtown Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.
Credit Cory Hancock / Special to WABE
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Crowds gathered in downtown Atlanta for the annual Dragon Con Parade Saturday morning. Spectators came early and lined the streets to watch storm troopers, superheroes and other cosplayers.

A handful of notable guests made appearances in the parade including Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Jyoti Amge, who was on the fourth season of “American Horror Story” and is known the smallest living woman in the world, comedians Jonah Ray and Joel Hodgson from Netflix’s “Mystery Science Theater: 3,000” and more.

Cosplayers dressed up as characters from “Star Wars,” “Black Panther,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and more. Others mixed and matched costumes. A life-sized R2-D2 rolled down the street, and Captain America came riding a motorcycle.

The parade was a free event and did not require a Dragon Con membership badge.

Spectators Cynthia and Tanya Zuk attended Dragon Con for the first time this year. They had watched the parade when it was broadcast on the TV, but have never seen it in person until now.

“This was our first time live, and it is much better live than it was on television,” Tanya said

Others like the Alston family came to downtown Atlanta to watch the Dragon Con parade only.

“We are big ‘Star Wars’ fans,” Josh Alston said. “We love seeing the 501st (Legion).”

Overall, he said they enjoyed the parade. The only negative thing he had to say was that it seemed smaller compared to the last time his family came, but that was probably five years ago, he said.

“I thought it was very hectic,” said 13-year-old spectator Amy Gomez, who came with her family. “A lot of people were everywhere, but overall, it was a pretty good parade.”

If you missed the Dragon Con parade this morning, you can watch it again during prime time Saturday on Atlanta’s CW69.