Dragon Con's parade is an annual event, drawing huge crowds to the heart of Atlanta to see Stormtroopers, Time Lords and a fleet of sci-fi and fantasy vehicles. Here are some of the best moments in the 2014 parade.
Dragon Con is a pop culture convention held every year in Atlanta, GA over Labor Day weekend. The annual parade draws thousands of spectators to watch attendees take over a mile stretch of the downtown area.
Spectators line the streets of the parade route hours before it starts to get a good spot. Here, we get a rare glimpse of the faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home (of Welcome to Nightvale fame).
And rarer still: Predators without their camouflage activated.
But other participants had camo to make up for it. The carpet of Dragon Con host hotel Marriott Marquis has a distinctive pattern, put to use here by local Atlanta artist Volpin Props.
These Sleestak seemed content to enjoy the morning sunshine, and Foot soldiers Bebop and Rocksteady were in fine moods as well.
Several dragons were flying close to the ground that day, including Stormfly (pictured here with her rider Astrid).
The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable band, an Atlanta parade staple, brought an infectious energy to the crowd. (Er, the good kind of infectious, not the zombie kind. More on that later.)
Tony Stark never misses an opportunity to make a public appearance.
Batman was a little punchy that day.
One of Gotham's lesser known villians, The Vantriloquist, was more reserved.
Moon Knight was on hand to keep the peace.
Superman and Krypto the Superdog had friendly smiles for all spectators -- but especially those carrying dog treats.
Doctor Strange ensured his feet wouldn't get sore.
The Boxheroes were out in force as always. Here, a strange team-up: Bizzaro and Wasp.
After the first wave of superheroes came a number of steampunk costumers. It was a capital day for a scooter-assisted stroll, indeed.
A fanciful photographer.
Members of the 300 staged battles for onlookers.
Korra brought her friends on the adventure.
These hobbits gracefully skipped second breakfast in order to attend.
Stargate fans celebrated the show's 20-year anniversary.
Every year, a huge group portrays the periodic table. Here, bismuth dances with an unknown element.
The Boy Who Lived walks alongside the best wandmaker in the business.
Several iterations of Katniss Everdeen marched in solidarity.
Olaf was holding up surpringly well considering the warm weather.
Ursula was on the prowl for any poor unfortunate souls looking to make a deal.
Dr. Zaius strolled with a shrewdness of apes.
The agents of M.I.B. brought a few strange friends.
When Little Sisters are around, Big Daddies are sure to follow…
And splicers won't be far behind.
Though the Dragon Con parade hosts more walkers than floats, we saw a few in 2014 -- like this creature from Bioshock Infinite.
These characters from Mass Effect were surprisingly down to Earth. (Sorry, sorry, couldn't help it.)
Dragon Con: one of the only places where Grunts and Spartans can walk in harmony.
He was all out of bubblegum.
A huge Borderlands group marched in 2014.
Lilith appears to have made a friend.
Claptrap had helpful suggestions for spectators.
Your humble narrator isn't sure what this character is from. (If you know, leave a comment or drop us a note!)
Bumblebee was flying (driving?) solo.
The followers of Flying Spaghetti Monster welcomed us into the embrace of His Noodly Appendages.
In honor of the film's 30th anniversary, lots of Ghostbusters joined the crowd…
Including two particular soulful Ghostbusters.
Local Atlanta haunted house Netherworld celebrates the horror genre with their floats and original-character costumes. Several of the latter were pleased to make my acquaintance…
A charming pig…
A delightful harpy….
And a bat-vampire thing.
The Doctor Who contingency was out in full force in 2014.
Crossplay (that's cross-gender cosplay) is popular in the Doctor Who fandom.
Fans of the original series and its nostalgic aesthetic joined in.
"Are you my mummy?"
Though the parade moves at a stroll, it was faster than Thomas Kincade Brannigan is accustomed to.
Geordi La Forge represented the United Federation of Planets.
The Dragon Con Skeptics Track reminds spectators to practice due and scientific skepticism.
The Colonial Fleet marched to chants of "so say we all!" and "frak cancer!", a tribute to a fallen fleet member.
Many citizens of Westeros attended, but few so noble as Brienne of Tarth.
A White Walker spotted south of the Wall.
COBRA far outnumbered JOE at the 2014 parade.
Perhaps Umbrella Corporation could help out with that White Walker problem.
The fiercest zombie hunter was also the smallest.
The Empire is really cutting back on costs lately.
Admiral Ackbar seemed a bit rough around the edges.
A moment after I took this picture, the Mandelorian Merc in brown serenaded a Frozen costumer sitting next to me with a short but well-excecuted riff of Let It Go.
The parade volunteers were there to help spectators and participants alike.
It's a well-known fact that Sith hate parades.
Sith Acolytes, however, love the opportunity for sweeping capes.
These Spaceballs combed Peachtree Street for evidence of the rebels.
Tie fighters, Jedi and the Rebel Alliance followed the Sith contingent.
"Will someone get this walking carpet out of my way?"
An Imperial fighter pilot, grounded.
A Tusken raider, out of his or her element but nonetheless in good spirits.
The 501st Legion closes out the Dragon Con parade every year…
Except for this small Futurama contingent of Robot Santa Claus and a janitor.