Sci-fi and fantasy characters marched down Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta
The annual DragonCon Parade took over the streets of downtown Atlanta on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. Spectators lined Peachtree and Baker streets, with some of them arriving hours before the parade began at 10 a.m. for a prime viewing spot.
Crowd favorites included the cardboard superheroes, whose comic book costumes were made of brightly colored boxes, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the Netherworld creatures and the Steampunk X-Men. The Mad Max vehicle, complete with two live victims lashed to the front, was also well-liked.
Captain America and the Green Lantern both made strong showings, with multiple version of each superhero seen on the streets. In addition to superheroes, "Star Wars," "Star Trek," "Harry Potter," "Dr. Who" and "Firefly," video game and cartoon characters were represented. The Ghostbusters turned out in force, driving multiple vehicles in the parade, including the classic white station wagon depicted in the movies and a yellow car with a Georgia Ghostbusters logo.
As the parade paused, several knights and fighters staged mock battles, with the losers laying down in the street as if they had truly been killed. And all along the parade route, heroes and villains—and lots of Stormtroopers—high-fived kids sitting on the curb.—Rachael Mason, Metromix