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Annual Dragon Con remains a big show in Atlanta
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The annual parade is one of the highlights of the long-running Dragon Con in Atlanta.
Over the Labor Day weekend the force was in full bloom on the streets of downtown Atlanta as Dragon Con took over Atlanta.

Dragon Con, in its 36th year, is a pop culture phenomenon that draws crowds into the thousands over each Labor Day weekend.

Dan Carroll, director of media engagement, said this year’s Dragon Con drew upwards of 65,000 fans who spent the five-day event hobnobbing with celebrity guest such as William Shatner of the 1960s’ “Star Trek” series, purchasing items for their collections from hundreds of vendors and taking part in panels discussing fan favorites from “Star Trek” to “Game of Thrones.”

On Saturday, an annual parade that attracts thousands of fans was held downtown. Those who attended was able to see revelers dressed up in their favorite super hero or villain’s costume. The parade lasted over an hour and featured Batman, Star Wars characters and even Game of Throne participants.


Carroll said Dragon Con attracts over 50% of its visitors from Georgia, including the Savannah area, and international visitors from as far away as Norway.

According to Carroll, security of those who visit Dragon Con is of the utmost importance to the staff. Carroll said a 2019 review of the event’s security was deemed top notch by the Atlanta Police Department, which once again provided security, along with the GBI and private firms. If a visitor to the event doesn’t have a badge they purchase online or at the event, they are denied entry into the hotels where the convention is being held. They need to have a room key or badge to gain entry into the building.


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