I had a blast taking a break from a very weary season of software development by taking my 2 girls out to their first ever Dragon Con! Since parking is impossible we took the local MARTA system into downtown Atlanta.
Even at the station near our home they began to see magical costumes appear in every shape and size. If I had a nickel every single time one of my daughters yelled:
Appa!!! LOOK AT THAT!
Appa!!! WHAT IS THAT?!
… I’d be a very, very rich man.
To be honest, I estimated that my ability to name the characters and their pop culture origin was probably just slight north of 50%. 60% if I’m giving myself some slack. There were a ton of costumes and characters that I had no idea where they were from (still gorgeous and amazing of course).
If you weren’t able to make it this year then I present to you the entire parade via pictures! The first set is my daughters making their way to the parade (we got lucky with some front-row seats!) and the second is the parade in full.
The images are obviously reduced in size from the originals that I took with my DSLR – if you’d like a copy of the original files let me know in the comments as I can try to upload those (4GBs) sometime soon.
And here’s the parade!
Enjoy! I hope you were as inspired as I was to be creative and to lose the “shame” of being yourself, as “odd” as that might be! Represent hard!