Rather than bombard you with a bazillion photos and an extremely longer than usual post, I’m going to divide this into several posts so that you can get the full effect of the Dragon*Con parade – it was quite a sight to see. I originally thought that we would ride to a MARTA station and take our bikes on the train with us downtown, but then I began to wonder if it would be better to simply lock our bikes at the station and not have to deal with the bikes in the crowds. I also wasn’t sure exactly what we’d do with the bikes once getting downtown since I’m not familiar with bike parking there. With the wonderful weather we’ve been having, it would have been a nice ride downtown at just over 6 miles, however I was a bit concerned about all the heavy traffic predicted for that area, even though we could ride on a trail for a few miles.
After considering all the possible options, we decided to go ahead and lock up our bikes and leave them at the Decatur station, but turns out that taking them with us would have been fine as well. After biking to the station we found that the East-West trains weren’t very crowded, so we could have easily taken the bikes. While MARTA definitely isn’t the greatest as far as getting you everywhere you need or want to go, or the fastest method, one really good thing is that all trains allow you to take your bikes on free of charge (as long as it’s not too crowded and interfering with access). Once downtown, I actually saw plenty of bike parking as we were walking along Peachtree St. There were even several people, like this couple, who were biking along the street right before they blocked it off to traffic.
This family was also biking on a cute tandem with a child’s bike attached to the back, making it kind of a triple tandem :) If you click on the photo, you should be able to see a larger version with a slightly better view of the bike – I almost didn’t get my camera out in time to capture it!
For those of you like me who aren’t sci-fi/fantasy aficionados, according to their website, “Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!” The convention is held in Atlanta each year and since I’m not really into science fiction (and can hardly distinguish Star Trek from Star Wars – horrible, I know!), I’ve never even thought about going to the convention. However, they always have a parade as well, so I thought that would be something new and interesting to do. I figured that even though I might not have any idea who the characters were in the parade, that my husband likely would, as he does enjoy sci-fi books and movies.
The Atlanta Fire Department kicked off the parade by bringing one of their largest trucks down the street and swinging the rear out to the delight of all the kids in the crowd. Doesn’t every child love firetrucks? I’m fascinated by how trucks like this one can almost appear to be traveling as two separate halves since there’s a person controlling the rear cab as well as the driver in front.
Here are a some photos to whet your interest, but all you sci-fi geeks and nerds stay tuned since I’ll do another post for your Dragon*Con viewing enjoyment :)