DragonCon 2018 Parade

Discussion in 'Conventions and Prop Parties' started by FANGS, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. moderndaymarc

    moderndaymarc Member

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    Hey guys, I JUST found out that I'll be able to attend dragon con this year.
    I know it's late, but I'm wondering if there's any chance I can join in on the parade?
    It was a blast the last three years I got the chance to participate, but I know rules are rules.
    Please anyone let me know!!
  2. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Community Staff Division Staff

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  3. moderndaymarc

    moderndaymarc Member

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    Marc Nabke - Tucker, red vs blue. Midwest
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  4. aracknoid3

    aracknoid3 New Member

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    I’m planning to be there. Wasn’t sure before now. Still looking for a place to stay but I never lose hope. Can’t wait to see you all again
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  5. Asgardianhammer

    Asgardianhammer Identity Officer Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

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    aracknoid3 will also have a handler. Glad you can make it Ron. We are looking forward to seeing you again!

    **Edit**: Handler is Phillip Shelton
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2018
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  6. Sithslayer78

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    Awesome, thanks! I wasnt sure what the status was because apparently DCon has been super slow getting back to people and i didnt want to chance getting dropped off of the list. See yall soon!
  7. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Community Staff Division Staff

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    Just a little information for everyone about the shuttle. They are sending out the email with all of the information likely on the 22nd or the 23rd so I'll update the thread with everything at that time.
  8. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Community Staff Division Staff

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    We are really light this year folks so we still have several spots available for the parade and that will no longer change. They have closed the wait list and will not be asking for any more unused wristbands from us. Current list:

    1. Angela Mash/FANGS
    2. Cadet
    3. Handler #1 - Eve
    4. Allayna Kaltainen/BlazedStarbon
    5. Carter/Calladar
    6. Kassie/Kat
    7. Savanna/ Noble 6
    8. Barry Kiker/brkiker
    9. Mark Pafford/crackhead09
    10. Melissa Gilbert/accentkisses
    11. Krystina Hernandez/LastLadySpartan
    12. Joshua Kane
    13. Dogface
    14. Halo Kitty
    15. Austin Buckhalter/Austin3991
    16. Blaine/Blackblood
    17. Michael Manus/mwmanus
    18. Tyler/Steelwolf000
    19. Clinton Bradley/obellist
    20. Dakota Bothun/jetskigunner
    21. Sean Bradley
    22. Handler #2 Jennifer Bradley
    23. Thomas Marshall/Spartan Warrior
    24. Benjamin Marshall/MeasuringWriter
    25. Christopher/Mullins Props
    26. Melissa/Quinn R4 - medical handler for Mullins Props
    27. Evolver79
    28. Kyle Paul/Church
    29. Trevor Marlin (with Calladar)
    30. Bailey Sims (with Calladar)
    31. Marc Nabke/moderndaymarc
    32. Ron/aracknoid3
    33. Phillip Shelton - medical handler for aracknoid3
    34. Austin (child who troops with us each year)
    35. Austin's parent

    We have 15 remaining spots. UNSC will have approximately 20 members with us as well.
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  9. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Community Staff Division Staff

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    Alrighty....here comes the flood of information. Read it. Know it. There will be a test.



    STAGING LOCATION: North Avenue Presbyterian Church at the intersection of Peachtree Street NE and North Avenue. The address is 607 Peachtree Street NE.

    This location is approximately 8 blocks North of the Hyatt Regency’s front door. The North Avenue MARTA station within 1.5 blocks of the church.

    We have arranged a special shuttle service loop to Staging. Pick up every 15 minutes at the Marriott Marquis (Courtland Street side) starting at 7:30 AM and continuing until the last shuttle departs at 9:30 AM. DO NOT BOARD ANY SHUTTLE LEAVING THE MARRIOTT AFTER THE 9:30 AM PICK UP. YOU WILL NOT ARRIVE AT STAGING ON TIME AND RISK LOSING YOUR PLACE IN THE PARADE.

    TIME: Staging (line-up) 7:30 AM until 9:30 AM

    The attached Participant Staging Map shows the approximate location of the parade section you've been assigned to. As people begin getting into place. sections tend to move further back. You can also locate your section by checking where the sections before and after yours are currently situated. If you are the first to arrive, you may be asked to hold a section name sign so others can find it.

    Section Signs: These are meant for staging use only and should not be taken out on the route. Please do NOT leave the sign where your section was lining but rather hand it off to the parade team member collecting them as you leave to get onto the route at the Peachtree gate

    IF YOU ARE WALKING IN THE PARADE: Plan on arriving by 9:00 AM and NO LATER THAN 9:30 AM. Parade team members will direct you to the location of your parade section. If you are the first in the section to arrive in the staging area, you may be asked to hold the place marker sign for that parade unit so others can find the section.

    There are two staging entry points for participants at the parking lot gates, one on Peachtree Street and one on Courtland Street. Wristbands and badges are checked and must be visible when you enter.

    The attached "2018 Participant Staging Map" will point you to the approximate location your section will be lining up in the staging area.

    Once in the staging area, please follow the directions of the Parade team. One of us will tell you where you should stand (where your assigned parade section is being staged) if marching or where to park your parade vehicle (drivers, please stay with your vehicle). Dragon Con Security and the Atlanta PD are also on the ground to assist.

    It's noisy and often hard to hear what's being said while we're staging and then moving the parade out. We sometime yell telling you to "move!" or something similar. Please be assured we aren't yelling because we're rude or cranky or angry...it's just so you can hear us, especially when there’s a sense of urgency and something needs to happen quickly. We love, appreciate and value the safety of you all, honest!

    Once your parade section has been called, any vehicles assigned to your section will be integrated into your section on the street as we launch.

    FACILITIES & AMENITIES in Staging: Porta-potties are located to the left of the participant entrance from Peachtree Street. Please make sure you tidy up after you use one.

    The Boy Scouts are providing bottled water in the staging area and at the end of the parade route. Please take only ONE bottle of water to ensure all parade participants can have some water. If possible, bring your own or have a supply waiting for you at the end of the parade.

    Please be aware of and appreciate that the church graciously allows us to use their property each year. Take time to make sure you do not leave any personal belongings, trash or other discarded items behind. There are several trash cans in the parking lot - find one of them and use it, please!



    START TIME: 10:00 AM

    The route is a little over one mile long. There is a slight incline on Peachtree Street. There is one downhill on Andrew Young International Blvd. The parade ends at the Marriott Marquis on Peachtree Center Avenue.

    The CW Atlanta and DCTV are broadcasting us live! Be yourself, do what you’ve always done that makes the parade so incredible. More information regarding these broadcasts is attached.

    At the end of the parade route, marchers will be directed into the Marriott via the front driveway and vehicles will be directed to continue on Peachtree Center Avenue.

    Do NOT stop in the block in front of the Marriott, please. Parade vehicles can proceed to the next block where they can temporarily park to offload or tear down, if needed. If you do not need to change anything on your vehicles, please continue on Peachtree Center and follow the directions of the APD as they move you out of the area.

    The parade is usually over - last person in the parade arrives at the Marriott between 11:30 & 11:45 AM. Depending on where your parade section is in the line-up, you should get there between 10:30 and 11:30 AM.

    Please do not designate the end of the parade area as a meet-up spot for friends. It’s crowded and crazy and we’re trying to get literally thousands of parade participants through the area and off the street.


    Our GUIDELINES are attached to this mail. Please take a moment to read through them.

    Most important to remember:

    You MUST be a member of Dragon Con to participate in the parade. Badges and wristbands must be worn and visible on parade morning. (Some exceptions may apply and have been approved prior to the convention.)

    NO ADVERTISING AND/OR PROMOTION of commercial enterprises is permitted in the parade without prior and express written approval from Dragon Con Senior Management.

    WEAPONS as part of your costume must be peace-bonded by Dragon Con Security BEFORE the parade.

    REMEMBER YOUR AUDIENCE - we represent everything that is wonderful about Dragon Con. The crowds that watch and enjoy the parade are filled with children waiting for a glimpse of their favorite characters and heroes. We are the very public face of Dragon Con. Please don’t do or say anything that reflects poorly on yourself or the convention.

    We are a POLITICS-FREE ZONE. No campaigning or protesting or demonstrating - 'real life' political or social issues - is allowed.

    Dragon Con reserves the right to remove anyone and anything from the parade, at any time and without prior notice, deemed offensive, dangerous or otherwise inappropriate for the event.

    HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!

    THANKS TO ALL OF YOU for making this year very special once again - SEE YOU AT CON!!!!

    JP :)

    Director, Dragon Con

    Attachments: 2018 Parade Guidelines, 2018 Staging - How to Get to Staging, Dragon Con Parade Broadcast Information, 2018 Participant Staging Area Map, 2018 Route Map, 2018 Parade Shuttle Route Map
  10. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Community Staff Division Staff

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    IMPORTANT Guidelines and Reminders for Everyone Involved With the Dragon Con Parade

    1. You MUST be a member of Dragon Con to participate in the parade. Convention badges must be worn and visible on parade morning along with parade participant wristbands. With proper ID, we will honor the pre-sales. post card as if it were a badge if you have not had the opportunity to pick up your badge before parade morning.

    2. Advertising and/or promotion of any type of commercial entities is strictly prohibited in the parade unless approved by Dragon Con Senior Management prior to the parade. A sponsorship agreement must be in place. This prohibition extends to any “street teams” that might be working the parade spectators.

    Banners and flags are welcomed in the parade as long as they do not contain advertising or promotional information such as commercial company logos, web sites, addresses, phone numbers, etc. This includes information regarding other fan conventions as well.

    Fan organizations/groups, clubs, DC programming tracks, etc. are exempted from this and encouraged to carry to their banners.

    3. The Dragon Con Parade is a politics-free zone and not the appropriate venue for political actions or activities that impact our everyday lives outside of Dragon Con.

    4. Non-working or prop weapons (as part of your costume) are OK. Any weapon carried at Dragon Con, including in the parade, must be approved and peace bonded by Dragon Con Security. Please take care of this BEFORE Parade morning to avoid potential confiscation of questionable items. The Atlanta PD and Dragon Con Security escort the parade and may make swift response to any action they deem inappropriate or threatening to the public. Think about how you brandish your weapon.

    5. No flash pots, explosive devices, fireworks, loaded devices of any kind, or use of open flames. Absolutely not allowed, period.

    6. Photography and videography by participants is always welcome as long as the progress of the parade is not hindered while you take your shots. Participant use of DRONES for filming the parade is prohibited for your and the spectators’ safety.

    6. Small throws/tosses (candy, beads, stickers, coins for instance) are permitted as long as do not cause street litter and are placed directly into the hands of the recipients. No random tossing, flinging or otherwise launching into the crowd.

    7. Fliers/flyer, coupons and/or leaflets, business cards, etc. distribution is NOT permitted under any circumstances. This prohibition extends to any “street teams” that might be working the parade spectators.

    8. We are rated PG/PG-13. Remember the parade is held on city streets - public safety and decency laws will apply. Watching the parade is open to the public, small children and other impressionable beings will be along the route. Additionally street/everyday clothing, unless it's identifiable with a character, isn't appropriate for the parade. We are a costumed event. Please choose your costume wisely.

    9. Children 14 years of age and under participating in the parade must be accompanied by an adult.

    10. At this time, live animals are prohibited from the parade with the exception of service animals and selected Dragon Con sponsors.

    11. Use common sense and show courtesy for all involved with the parade.

    12. Show up on time and be patient during staging/line-up. Be ready to move into place when your parade section is called on deck.

    13. Prepare yourself for the weather (bring water, don’t forget sunscreen, etc.).

    14. If you have a question about whether or not something will be allowed - ask beforehand!! Contact us at dc_parade@dragoncon.org.

    15. Have fun! Have fun! Have Fun!

    We reserve the right to remove any person(s), vehicle(s), or prop(s) (including banners, flags or signs, and weapons) from the parade that is considered offensive, potentially dangerous or otherwise inappropriate, or that do not comply with the above stated guidelines for the event , at any time and without prior warning.
  11. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Community Staff Division Staff

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    The 2018 parade will once again be televised and streamed live on Atlanta’s CW and our own DCTV.

    CW Info: Live Broadcast, Saturday 9/1, starts at 10:00 AM,. This coverage is scheduled to stay live on air through the entire parade. Live Stream on atlcw.tv also starts at 10:00 AM.

    Rebroadcast, Saturday 9/1, 10:00 PM. This broadcast will be edited to fit the time slot.

    Channel 69 (check your listings for DVR and other recording settings, etc.)

    DCTV info: Live Broadcast, Saturday 9/1, 10:00 AM, Rebroadcast, TBA throughout the weekend

    Closed circuit in Host Hotels only (Hyatt Regency, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta, Westin). The parade coverage should be available through the new DC Streaming Membership option as well.


    1. We ARE Dragon Con! I know this goes without saying still please be on your best behavior while on the route. Don’t do anything that will later embarrass our con or yourselves. Our Parade Guidelines, published each year, remain in effect regarding behavior along the route, costumes and props, etc.

    2. Note that you will be removed from the parade without warning if inappropriate behavior or any violations of our Guidelines are witnessed by parade escorts.

    3. THE CW CAMERA AND ‘BROADCAST BOOTH’ LOCATION IS NOT A PERFORMANCE STOP. Let me repeat that – NOT A PERFORMANCE STOP. Please keep moving. Do not stop to “mug” for the camera or otherwise hog air time with a demonstration or performance of any kind. We want to get the entire parade into the 1 hour of air time (including commercial breaks) that we have. YOU MAY BE BANNED FROM PARTICIPATING IN FUTURE PARADES IF YOU CANNOT ABISE BY THIS.

    4. There may be pauses between sections as you approach the CW’s booth to accommodate pacing. Look for the “STOP” and “GO” signs. Watch for and listen to instructions you get from parade team members.

    5. The security and mechanics of the parade will be once again be tight. Please be prepared to move out and/or hold when directed. Be aware of your surroundings.

    6. Enjoy this unique and shared moment. Have fun! Be the parade we’ve always been. Celebrate everything you are that makes Dragon Con so incredible!
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    2018 PARTICIPANT STAGING: How To Get There

    Address: 607 Peachtree Street NE – North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Parking Lot

    The church is located on the corner of Peachtree Street NE and North Avenue. There is a large Bank of America hi-rise directly across the street from the church and the Fox Theater is in the next block North of staging. If you walk by the Fox, you’ve gone too far.


    Starting at Hyatt Regency, the church and staging area are approximately 8 blocks North of the Hyatt Regency’s front driveway. That’s a turn to the right leaving the Hyatt. Stay on Peachtree Street. You cross over I-75/85 and continue until you cross Linden Avenue. The parking lot entrance will be on your right about mid block.

    Starting at the Westin, you’re just a few blocks away from the Hyatt Regency. Walk to the Hyatt and follow the Hyatt route.

    Starting from the Marriott Marquis, Atlanta Hilton or Sheraton Atlanta, make your way to Peachtree Street and follow the Hyatt route OR take Courtland Street. It’s an 8-9 block walk, depending on what hotel you begin at. The Courtland Street route will bring you to the backside of our staging area. There is a back entrance to the parking lot at Courtland and North on the left hand side of the street.

    Please check your parade section’s (approximate) location on the staging map as it is a multi-level structure and there may be a ramp (incline or decline) or stairs to navigate to get to the correct location. The Peachtree Street entrance gets you to the street level parking lot. The Courtland Street entrance gets you into the garage area underneath.

    If you are not in the host hotel area and planning on walking, please refer to local maps to get you there.


    Take MARTA to the NORTH AVENUE STATION, located on West Peachtree Street. Exit the station onto West Peachtree and turn left onto North Avenue at the corner. Walk one block on North Avenue up to Peachtree Street and you’ll see the parking lot entrance just across the street.


    All are an option and can get you to staging.


    A special “express” shuttle will operate from 7:30AM – 9:30 AM on parade morning. This shuttle is for parade participants only. There is only one pick up point (behind the Marriott on Courtland Street) and only one drop off point (on North Avenue between Peachtree Street and Courtland Street). DO NOT TAKE ANY SHUTTLE, PARADE OR OTHERWISE, THAT DEPARTS THE MARRIOTT AFTER THE SCHEDULED 9:30 AM PICK UP.

    The regularly scheduled Dragon Con Shuttles will also drop off at the North Avenue location however unless you board at the Marriott or Sheraton, there may be numerous stops before getting to our staging drop off point. DO NOT TAKE ANY REGULAR SHUTTLE LEAVING THE MARRIOTT OR SHERATON AFTER 9:15 AM.

    DRIVING (non-parade vehicles):

    Please refer to local maps or your GPS for the best route to take to get to the general area. There is parking in the general area but we do not provide or reserve it so you’re on your own in finding it. We also cannot provide parking for vehicles that are unloading parade vehicles or props, etc. Unload and move along. Please be aware that if you park near staging and the parade’s launch, your car will be a mile away from where the parade ends (Marriott Marquis).


    A separate email will be sent to group contacts and parade registered drivers with instructions on when and how to come to the staging area. You will be on the street with active traffic until just before launch. Be prepared for some shuffling as we get you into place and please be patient with us while we do so. J
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  14. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Community Staff Division Staff

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    There you have it folks.....a wall of information. Here's the UBER important stuff.

    1. You MUST be on my list to get a wristband.
    2. If something changes during the con and you can't come, you MUST message me. You can do so here but Facebook is best.
    3. If you are marching with us AND you are on my list, you MUST meet us at our pre-Parade Meeting Location - we will have the same meeting location as every year - in front of the escalators on the Registration Desk level of the Marriott (Lobby Level) just in the middle of the two main entrances. THE LAST SHUTTLE IS AT 9:30. WE WILL MEET AT 8:00 AM AND LEAVE TO THE SHUTTLE LOCATION AT THE BACK OF THE Marriott (down two levels from where we will meet) NO LATER THAN 8:45. DO NOT BE LATE!
    4. You MUST have a weekend or Saturday DragonCon badge. You cannot march without it and your wristband.
    5. You CAN bring a prop weapon but you MUST get it peace bonded BEFORE the parade (aka Thursday or Friday). If you do not get it bonded, leave it in your room.
    6. You CANNOT bring a weapon that is capable of firing ANYTHING.
    7. You WILL listen to our handlers.
    8. You WILL keep up - groups have been punted from the parade for dragging behind.
    9. You WILL NOT EVER teabag anyone. Ever. I don't care if someone begs for it or if it's just another 405th member.
    10. You WILL NOT EVER point your weapon at people.
    11. You WILL stay hydrated. If a handler insists on you having a drink during the parade listen to them. They will see you suffering before you feel it so please listen.
    12. You WILL have fun.

    We're going to need a couple of volunteers for the banner. Speaking of which.... Asgardianhammer will the banner be there?

    We're also going to need all of you to heap praise and thanks to our handlers, Eve and Jenn and on Blaine who as always will be there to fix your gear on the go.

    Any questions??
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  15. Asgardianhammer

    Asgardianhammer Identity Officer Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

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    I will make sure it is present and accounted for! I will be gathering all of my DragonCon stuff that will be accompanying Church for the day this weekend. Also SunnyLadybug087 also has offered to be a handler as her armor is not ready.
  16. crackhead09

    crackhead09 RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    I’ll have an extra with me for Saturday if spots are still open.
  17. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Community Staff Division Staff

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    Sooooo.....the good and the bad.

    Thank you to all of you who signed up and showed up. If you signed up and let me know that you weren't able to come, thank you. For those of you who signed up and didn't show up and didn't let me know......that's super not cool of you.

    I think overall the parade went well. It seemed to have a better flow than usual and we didn't get the long pauses and end up causing us to spread out too far.

    We did have a few incidents of weapon pointing and at least one of pretending to tea bag. When this was addressed, the person stuck their tongue out at the handler. Also super not cool.

    I want to give a big thank you to our handers for keeping on top of things and a huge apology for having to put up with someone sticking their tongue out. I also want to give a huge thank you to Blaine as always for being able to fix people on the fly and helping to keep people hydrated.

    Thank you to Barry for shouting out instructions for all to hear!

    For the rest of you, thank you for being so engaging with the crowds and bringing smiles to faces. You made a lot of people very happy, so thank you!
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