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...in record time this year!!

All of the available space in the parade has been reserved.  Thanks to everyone who regsitered to march with us!

We are keeping a Wait List.  While there is no guarantee you'll get into the parade as a result of being on the Wait List, we urge you to sign up if you wanted to march but missed the window.

Go here to get on the Wait List http://tinyurl.com/dcparade2017waitlist

Thanks again!
JP :)
Director, Dragon Con Parade
15th-Feb-2017 10:19 am - 2017 DC PARADE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!
DC New
If you'd like to participate in the 2017 Parade, now's the time to sign up to march!

Our parade will roll down Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, September 2 at 10 AM sharp, rain or shine!

We accept individual and group (2 or more people under one name) entries as well as parade vehicles on the same form.  You must be a member of Dragon Con to participate in the parade. Registration will remain open until all space has been reserved at which time it will close with little to no warning.

We will contact you privately if we have any questions or concerns about your entry.

Separate, final vehicle confirmations will be sent June 30.  Remember to send us photographs of your vehicle(s) at dc_parade (at) dragoncon (dot)org.

When you successfully register, two (2) things will happen, you’ll receive a response screen letting you know your information has been received and you’ll also receive an auto-reply email containing the information you entered.

If your registration was not successful (information was missing or incorrectly filled out), you should see the form again with instructions regarding what to fix at the top of the page. Correct the entry and submit again.

If you have any problems registering or need to make a change to your entry, email us at dc_parade (at) dragoncon (dot)org.

Click it or cut and paste this URL into your browser to register:  http://tinyurl.com/dcparade2017

Can't wait to see you all at the parade this year!
JP :)
Director, Dragon Con Parade
10th-Feb-2017 10:07 am - HEY SHERATON PEEPS!
check your email; long story, but the sheraton is jacking up their price for this year. you need to get in touch with them to approve the additional charge by the 23d of this month (maybe even the 20th) or you could !lose your reservation!

see the sheraton's FB page for more, and keep an eye out for word from D*C.
13th-Jan-2017 02:52 pm - Dragoncon cancels 2 popular tracks
tolkien by sunlitdays

Dragoncon has canceled the Tolkien track. Terrible!

And I've heard that the Whedon'verse track has been canceled as well.
12th-Sep-2016 07:36 am - Dragon Con photos 2016
Dragon Con photos 2016

Pictures include but are not limited to:
* Amish folk
* Disney's UP guy and balloons
* Portal Companion Cube and Cake
* Tremors guys with graboids
* Various manifestations of the Marriott Marquis carpet
* Cosplay of the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel
* Lots of Mad Max, Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa, War Boys, Wasteland Warrior Women.
* The Humungus (Road Warrior)
* Disney princesses
* Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons.
* Hoban "Wash" Washburne from Firefly/Serenity impaled
* Star Wars Cantina Band
* Empire Strikes Back Ice Cream Maker Guy ("Willrow Hood")
* Star Trek Redshirts (Original Suicide Squad)
* Neil Gaiman's The Sandman (Morpheus, Lord of Dreams)
* Jan in a Pan from Mystery Science Theater 3000 "The Brain That Wouldn't Die"
* Robby the Robot
* Comic book artist/writer Mike Grell
* Kylo Ren
* That 11-foot model Enterprise that was in the back of the Trek Track room AmericasMart Building 2 Floor 4 Room 204-DE
(For the fan film Star Trek: First Frontier)
* My own Fin Shepard costume (Sharknado Chainsaw Guy with 9-foot plush shark) (Saturday)
* My own 2001: A Space Odyssey monolith costume (Sunday)

7th-Sep-2016 09:29 am - DragonCon 2016 and 2015 photos
Here are the photos I took Friday and Saturday: https://joema.smugmug.com/Events/DragonCon-2016/n-knG2Rn/

2015 photos: https://joema.smugmug.com/Events/DragonCon-2015/n-Q7kb8N/

Since Dragoncon.org no longer accepts fan photos, is there some better place to post these?
5th-Sep-2016 10:14 pm - Now we wait for another year
Pixie and me
Great con,
  I got sick on the way up there, so the first two days were pretty down until I could fight most of it off.
Art Show was great. Dealer Rooms, too, but they seemed smaller, and a few of the old regulars seemed to be missing. I did get a couple of interesting items.
  Was it me? Or did it seem not as crowded this year?
  Maybe the new arrangement was actually a help.
  I'm definitely out of touch with the current crop of actors, though. I just don't watch much TV these days. I didn't recognise but a handful of the guests.
1st-Sep-2016 03:03 pm - New Cosplayer: Weapons Question

So I'm going as the Ultimate Daredevil version of Elektra, and I want to bring her tranditional sais. I want to know if I'll run into any problem bringing them??? The ones i bought are a silver steel and can be seen here --> (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DORU1I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).

They are a little heavier than I wanted, but are really dull, no sharp edge and pose no danger that I can see. I'm not sure how to go about giving them a peace bond, as I don't have a sheath for them.
Hi, all!

First time DC'er and longtime LJ'er here! I'm so happy to have found this group-- I really appreciate all the links and I've been devouring the info... I feel like I'm just getting the hang of it all now. (We're veteran Burners, so if we can handle Burning Man, we can handle this, I hope!)

Read more about HOT BREAKFAST!: Delaware's premier acoustic dork-rock power duo, and how to get a free song download!Collapse )

See you soon! SO EXCITED!!
29th-Aug-2016 06:27 pm(no subject)
Once again my favorite posting of the year in here: taking the annual poll to see where everyone is coming in from... NOTE: As usual for the sake of the poll, Metro Atlanta is defined as anywhere within 50 miles of the downtown core. I know its reached out way past that, but it still makes a nice round number. Maybe I'll change it when it hits 100 miles. ;)

Poll #2052799 Where dost thou travel from?

Where are you coming in from for DragonCon?

Metro Atlanta
Georgia Beyond Metro Atlanta
South Carolina
North Carolina
The US beyond the previously mentioned states
Outside the United States

If coming in from a US state outside the ones listed, which state?

If coming in from outside the US, which Country?

29th-Aug-2016 05:53 pm - 2016 Final Community List
Due to haste, this will be the only list posted.

Post any modifications or additions in the comments(I know there will be a few).
Will correct if I get the info before Wednesday. Wednesday and after check the comments for corrections.

Thanks all.

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29th-Aug-2016 05:46 pm - Home stretch...
Hey everyone...

major apologies this year...two back to back family weddings and assorted family stuff have really slowed me on con prep...and when I was free of family was also free of good net access which didnt help....

I'm going to blow thru most of our pre con standard postings this year over the course of this evening.

First off of course is my annual announcement that Wayne Newton will NOT be playing Atlanta this year during DragonCon weekend...hes currently in residency at Ballys Las Vegas....

EDIT: I have also updated the Pocket Program link.

Daily Dragon at present seems to be farked. Will post meetup update from it as soon as I can.

Thanks everyone.
23rd-Aug-2016 10:34 pm - app???
Pixie and me
Wow! Just over a week until DragonCon, and the app still isn't functioning. it was up a couple of weeks early last year.

Join us at Hilton Atlanta Thursday - Sunday (September 1-4)

Live DJ | Friday - Sunday, 5:00 - 11:00 p.m. | North Courtyard/Outside Pavilion

Karaoke| Friday - Sunday, 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. | Galleria

Smirnoff Electric Vodka Shot Station| Friday - Sunday, 4:00 - 11:00 p.m. | Southern Elements (Located in the Lobby)

Dragon Con Local Brew Beer| Friday - Sunday, 4:00 - 11:00 p.m. | Southern Elements (Located in the Lobby)

Live Music| Thursday, 8:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. | Trader Vic's (Located on the Lower Level)

Live Music | Friday - Sunday, 8:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. | Nikolai's Roof (Located on the Top Floor)

18th-Aug-2016 12:13 am - info on DC photo ops
wholock: john in the tardis by fiendie

I'm told that this a company new to DC; anyone know anything abt them?
17th-Aug-2016 01:02 am - DC dining guide by anon
Summer drink by musicalpanties
Please note that I did not write this, but I just found it on-line. The opinions, reviews, and directions are provided by the author of the guide, as I only go downtown abt once a year, so I'm hoping the info is accurate. I don't know who wrote it, as there doesn't seem to be a name attached.


Call ahead and check the info w/ the restaurants themselves.
This is my yearly posting to remind you that If you are planning on buying a multi-day membership for Dragon Con ONSITE at the Convention, please consider filling out the Pre Data Entry form located here http://www.dragoncon.org/dc_pde_barcode.php
This will save them time entering your data into the system and dramatically reduce the time.

Also, bring cash. I mean actual dollar bills and such. Preferably in exact change. This will save you the time of dealing with the credit card machines which puts you at the mercy of Yet Another Digital System That Can Fail.
30th-Jul-2016 05:46 pm - Con schedule on Google Calendar?
The Programmer
The app is ok, but I'm a little old school. I recall that last year I found the complete schedule somewhere in the Googleverse. Does anyone know if the schedule will be posted on Google Calendar/Docs/etc?
29th-Jul-2016 04:37 pm - host hotel DC 2016 prices?
tolkien by sunlitdays
Since they aren't listed on the DC site, can folks give an idea of what regular rooms cost this year at each of the five host hotels, please and thanks?
27th-Jul-2016 05:24 pm - Finally back in gear...
Hey everyone...

apologies for my slow start this year...as usual reality keeps interfering...

As I say every one of the past few years, much slower here and in Livejournal land overall if your initials arent GRRM or ONTD. We're smaller, but place will continue on.

Community is is open mode and will stay that way prob till right after con to handle the smaller but still potent post con crunch.

dragonconrooms is still very active and in business so head there if you have room or roomie needs. I'll allow last minute room postings when they shut down for con; till then, please head there.

Will get stuff up to date fast as I can, but may take a bit. If you spot anything that needs fixing let me know.

Thanks everyone.

EDIT: Will fix link for Pocket Program when it is available. Daily Dragon isnt updating for this year yet best I can tell.
22nd-Jul-2016 11:56 am - new tags needed
doors to other worlds time by roxicons
The Stargate programming is now part of the new Military SciFi Media track, which also includes B5, Farscape, and Battlestar Galactica. The comm needs a new tag for this new track, please and thanks.

There also needs to be a tag for the Horror track.
Ten's Team Tardis by ushitora_icons

Looks like the start of a good schedule for all photoshoots. I suspect that one needs a Google account to access this?

ETA: seems that one doen't need to be logged in to Google to view the spreadsheet.
21st-Mar-2016 01:16 pm - weird badge question (yet again)
i didnt realize that the thread i commented on was as old as it was so i apologize for necroposting like that, but i was wondering if it would be possible to get the smaller badge that is given to on stie buyers instead of the large badge that is usually given to pre reg. i pre regged mine but i actually like the smaller badge better. if so this would be great, but if not no biggie, i just like the smaller badge better is all.
29th-Mar-2016 08:44 am - Any change to Dragoncon leadership?
I was talking today to a friend, who I will be going to Dragoncon with. I was copying and pasting the guest announcements and they seem to be no name authors, lawyers, and other weird categories. There has been almost nothing in the way of well known actors, and pretty much nothing in the way of sci fi actors. Has there been a big shift lately in priorities of guests or in Dragoncon leadership to explain this change?
Luci Icon Paris
Hi guys,

I am a big musicals fan and the Annie 2014 remake has kinda sparked an interest in me. I am looking for six people who would be insane enough to do an Annie costuming thing with me. It would be helpful if one knew how to do a cartwheel and one a forward tuck. Reply to me with your FB name and I will dump you in the Annie group. You can decide if the idea is too whacky and you want to leave or if you love the idea.

To be clear, I am looking for fans of Annie, both old and newer versions. :D
Nine loves science fiction by omgwtf42

Not many listed, though.

ETA: This site hasn't been updated! Hope it gets updated soon for this year. :)
13th-Jul-2016 04:20 pm - It's "Ask DCTV" Time!
It's "Ask DCTV" time again!

For those of you who don't know, Dragon Con TV (http://dragoncontv.org/) is the group that makes videos to entertain you while you're waiting in line to get a ticket or waiting for a panel or waiting for the Masquerade to start. One of the things we do are bumpers, those bits with white text on a black background. We make a lot of those each year, and because we're lazy, we recruit you to help us make them.

"But Stephen," you ask, "how can I help make bumpers?" Easy: ask us something. Previously we've been asked what to do with new fans who aren't familiar with old fandom, if we wanted to build a snowman, and which Star Trek series is best to watch while cuddling.

To ask DCTV, post a question as a reply to this message. End your question with the name or alias you'd like us to use when we credit you with the question. If you don't give us a name, we'll use your username or else make something up to call you.

Some general advice: You can post more than one question, though we'll probably only use at most one of them. Take a minute and look through previous questions if you want to make sure you're asking us a new one. Examples of old questions include, but are not limited to: why is there con funk? What should I eat at con? How do I get that sexy sexy guest to notice me?
1st-Mar-2016 03:29 pm - 2016 PARADE REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED!
DC New

All of the space in the parade has been reserved for both participants and vehicles. The registration form has been disabled. WOW!

GROUP LEADERS - please review the number of spaces you reserved and let us know if any of the spaces can be returned 'to inventory'. Also, please remind your group members that they DO NOT need to sign up individually, and ask that they contact me directly if they did.

Sorry for the lack of a 2 minute warning, an influx of entries including a couple of new groups put us over the mark in seconds.

Thank you to all who registered.  More information coming as the year progresses.

JP :)
Director, Dragon Con Parade

DC New

I gotta say, I am almost speechless. We are down to a few hundred spaces for participants.

PLEASE - if you are signed up to march with a group (e.g., 501st, Prydon Academy, Dark Hunters, a gaming group, Ghostbusters, Periodic Table, Marriott Carpet, Eternals, etc.) DO NOT SIGN UP INDIVIDUALLY. If you have done that, please let me know ASAP so I can free up the double reserved space. dc_parade at dragoncon.org.

JP :)
Director, Dragon Con Parade

16th-Feb-2016 01:22 pm - DRAGON CON PARADE NEWS
DC New
FIRST UPDATE. VEHICLE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.I will be confirming the vehicles registered so far to verify that all vehicle slots have been reserved. Please contact me via PM or email (dc_parade at dragoncon dot org) if you would like to be placed on the Wait List for parade vehicles.

BREAKING... Yes, parade reg is open and you have heard the call. Oh my, have you heard the call. smile emoticon REQUEST FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS, if you are part of a group that is or will be registered PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER YOURSELF as an individual marcher as well. It's a double count and unnecessarily freezes space. Trust me, your parade participation is assured in the numbers registered by your group. Let me know ASAP if this pertains to you so I can free up the space you reserved.

JP :)
Director, Dragon Con Parade

15th-Feb-2016 01:35 pm - 2016 PARADE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
DC New

IT'S OPEN! Go for it!

Everyone, apologies for the late opening of the reg form Internet troubles. :(

Here's the link to sign up for the parade!


JP :)
Director, Dragon Con Parade

DC New
Parade registration opens this coming Monday morning, February 15!  Once again we'll be using an online form.  The process is quick and easy.  I'll be posting the link to the form here and in our other social media and forums on Monday morning around 9:00 AM.  I wanted to share a few basic reminders with everyone before Monday.


1) Remember that parade participation is for Dragon Con members only. If you are not planning on purchasing a 2016 membership that includes Saturday (parade day), please do not register to reserve space (that might otherwise go to a DC member) in our parade. Member badges must be worn on parade morning.

2) Remember that commercial entries are only accepted in the parade IF you are a Dragon Con sponsor. If you want to advertise your company or products/services but are not already a sponsor, please do not register for our parade at this time. Contact me if you'd like information on sponsorship.

3) Remember to double check that your information entered in the form is correct. The form has changed just a little bit from last year. We're asking for your (legal) First & Last name this year because there are lots of instances where people couldn't remember which name (fan or otherwise) they used to register. We figure if the registration is under your legal name, it'll lessen the stress all the way around. If this is a problem for you, contact me. :) Feel free to make liberal use of the Comment section on the form, especially if you are entering an original costume.

4) Remember to check for the 'confirmation screen' that will be returned to you after you successfully submit the form. It acknowledges receipt of your registration request. We review all entries on a daily basis. If we have a question or concern about your entry, you'll get an email from us. If you DO NOT hear back from us (no email) within a week of registering, everything is good to go with your participation. So, email from us = potential problem :( and NO email from us = all is right with the world and you are registered for the parade :).

5) Remember that registration will stay open until we have filled all the space in the parade. Still don't panic if you haven't registered on Day 1. Do keep in mind if things go as they did last year, it might only take a couple of months to hit our cap. We'll try to give as many updates/warnings as possible when the spaces start to dwindle down for both participants and vehicles.

INDIVIDUALS: You do NOT have to belong to a group to march. Register yourself and we'll make sure you march in the right section of the parade. However if you ARE a member of a group (501st, Dark Hunters, etc.) please DO NOT register as an individual saying you'll be marching with XYZ group - your participation is taken care of in the group's registration.

GROUPS & GROUP LEADERS: When you register, provide your best estimate of the number of people and vehicles (if any) you believe will be in your parade group. Some group leads use previous years' actual participation numbers to base their estimates on. Please do not base your estimate on how popular you believe your group will be (especially for brand new groups). As long as we have unclaimed space, we can adjust your numbers if needed.

More to come in the next months. LOTS more!

Follow us:
- on Twitter @DragonConParade
- in Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/groups/dragonconparade/
- at Yahoo Groups  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/dc_parade/info
- here in LiveJournal AND on the Dragon Con web site

Feel free to email me if you have questions about the parade. dc_parade(at)dragoncon(dot)org,
JP :)
Director, Dragon Con Parade
Hey all.....

Guess i shouldnt be surprised but some jackwipe posted a big SW spoiler in one of the major DC facebook groups...

To guard against that happeming in here, which admittedly is very unlikely, ive switched moderated mode back on for a while so i can at least stop one in the queue. Our preapproved folk are good enough folk to avoid doing things like that. My worry is a troll wandering in.

Well prob stay in mod mode till at least after the new year...

Thanks everyone.
25th-Sep-2015 04:55 pm - Great time
Pixie and me
Pixie and I had a great time. Pixie spent most of her time in the Fantasy Literature Track with her McCaffrey fans and writer guests. She got a few autographs from actresses she knew and from some shows she follows.
I got a lot of costume photos with my new camera. The glare shield threw a shadow on the bottom of a lot of them, and a new flash might give me better lighting than the built-in one does.
I hope the con came out good overall. I haven't seen any kind of statement on how well it went or how many attendees showed up.
I heard of no problems.
Thanks to all who put it on and worked so hard.
We got our memberships for next year and our reservations at the Hyatt before the con ended. Now if only the people who wanted to room with us will get in touch with us. we'll be set for next year.
Now the waiting..... BEGINS...!
6th-Sep-2015 11:59 am - THANK YOU FROM THE DC PARADE
DC New

We would like to thank EVERYONE who participated and volunteered to help get the parade on the road Saturday morning! Thank you all for tackling the new location and route most valiantly and looking so fantastic while doing so. :)   We truly appreciate our participants' patience and forgiveness when there were glitches in coordinating. Oh, the war stories we could tell...but cannot and would not. ;) We hope you'll join us again in 2016.


I would appreciate feedback about your experiences (good and bad) and any suggestions you might have via EMAIL ONLY (please) to dc_parade(at)dragoncon.org .

JP :)

Director, Dragon Con Parade

2nd-Sep-2015 09:01 pm - Megabus Tickets (Jacksonville, FL)
alias blue hair
Hey!  If anyone needs transportation from Jacksonville, FL to the con and back - I have Megabus tickets that I won't be using. I paid 33.50 total, but if money's an issue, I'll give them away for free. It leaves Thurs morning, and comes back Monday afternoon.

Email me at my user name @gmail if you're interested.
31st-Aug-2015 09:29 pm - link to my DC tips
blackberry ice cream by wild_plums

A link to the tips and ideas posts. As always, feel free to reply w/ corrections and suggestions! Enjoy the con. :)
Once again my favorite posting of the year in here: taking the annual poll to see where everyone is coming in from...

NOTE: As usual for the sake of the poll, Metro Atlanta is defined as anywhere within 50 miles of the downtown core. I know its reached out way past that, but it still makes a nice round number. Maybe I'll change it when it hits 100 miles. ;)

Poll #2021153 Where dost thou travel from?

Where are you coming in from for DragonCon?

Metro Atlanta
Georgia Beyond Metro Atlanta
South Carolina
North Carolina
The US beyond the previously mentioned states
Outside the United States

If coming in from a US state outside the ones listed, which state?

If coming in from outside the US, which Country?


Post in comments if you have any additions or changes...if so, please keep them to short and text only with basic info and links to the main information for your party...
31st-Aug-2015 01:54 pm - Community List for 2015
Got slow this year so this will be the only community list for 2015.

Post any modifications or additions in the comments. Didnt have a chance to check the links. Will correct if I get the info before Wednesday.

Thanks all.

Edit: Check in the commenta below for new links for Science and Video Gaming (formerly MMO) tracks. I messed up and didnt get the list updated in time. My apologies.

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28th-Aug-2015 05:56 pm - Nintendo Photoshoot!

Hey, come to the Nintendo photoshoot!

This photo shoot is for ANY Nintendo cosplayer at DragonCon. Seriously: Mario, Zelda, Animal Crossing, Earthbound, Fire Emblem, Kirby, Star Fox, Splatoon, Donkey Kong, Pikmin, Pokemon, Xenoblade, WiiFit, Kid Icarus – if there’s even a remote possibility you would be in Smash Brothers or have an amiibo made of your character, come on over.

Get more information here!
28th-Aug-2015 01:59 am - Quick update
Sorry for the slowness in keeping up with things this week. Will get standard stuff done this weekend.

Thanks everyone for your patience and sticking around.

One thing to do right now is the usual announcement i do every year:

Once again, I regret to inform everyone that Wayne Newton will not be playing anywhere near Dragon Con this year.

If the con keeps growing, we just might someday attract him yet.

Thanks again everyone.
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