Sep 1, 2023 - News

Dragon Con traditions we love

Side by side photos of a young person dressed as Harry Potter shaking hands with young people during a parade and two people dressed as troopers in camouflage  that matches the intricate carpet

Photo: Courtesy Dragon Con Photography, 2019, Dragon Con, Inc./Courtesy of Jill Brandenburg/Hyatt Regency

Welcome back to Atlanta, sci-fi aficionados.

Driving the news: Dragon Con, one of the country's biggest and most well-attended gatherings of geeks and comic lovers, takes over downtown hotels for a weekend of panels, impromptu photo shoots and celebrity guests.

  • Here are three fun traditions you can enjoy whether you're wearing an attendee badge or not.

Parade: This annual display of attendees' commitment to characters is the convention's most popular and publicly accessible event. It's an Atlanta bucket list item you'll want to see in person.

  • Head to Peachtree Street downtown at 10am Saturday to see superheroes, sorcerers and a small army of Star Wars stormtroopers.

Trader Vic's: Located below the Hilton, this seemingly immortal tiki bar is an opportunity to sip Mai Tais with Marvel heroes. See how the pros sip straws through a mask — if you can find a seat.

🏨 Cult of the Carpet: Every year, a group of attendees wears costumes incorporating the Marriott Marquis' beloved carpet design. Consider it convention camouflage, with flair.

  • This year, the Hyatt Regency gave aspiring "Cult of the Carpet" members a heads-up about the hotel's new carpet designs.

Of note: A Hyatt Regency spokesperson told Axios access this weekend is restricted to people with Dragon Con badges or room keys.


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