Maleficent with her foes Flora and Merryweather.
Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
For years we’ve been telling friends in other states that we’d one day do Atlanta’s Dragon Con, one of the largest conventions in America that isn’t in California or New York. We’ve been in Atlanta, but we hadn’t really done Atlanta. Hence this year’s vacation, in which we’re aiming for a double proficiency in Atlanta tourism and over-the-top Dragon Con goodness…
..such as that Saturday morning parade through downtown Atlanta. In this installment we focus on characters of the Grand Disney Empire, including Marvel and Star Wars because why not.
Same cautions apply as last time: we’re pros, not fans; corrections are very welcome if we misname anyone; we do take requests, but can’t guarantee we photographed every parade participant; enjoy!
Hei-Hei from Moana and Snow White.
Prince Ali! Fabulous he! Ali Ababwa!
The man, the myth, the mogul: Walt Disney.
A fan group saluting the late Stan Lee, featuring Magneto, Emma Frost, Queen Mother Ramonda, and Dr. Strange.
Miles Morales, star of my favorite film of 2018.
Thanos, costar of the highest grossing film of 2019.
Captains America and Dum-Dum Dugan.
Black Panther and Storm with a light Game of Thrones twist.
Dr. Strange cutting through the Dark Dimension with his trusty Day-Glo spells.
Magneto and Wolverine in their X-Force variant costumes.
Gambit joined the X-Men after my time, but he has his fans.
The Mole Man, secretly hoping someone ever makes a decent Fantastic Four film so he might have a turn at the big screen.
Luke Skywalker and his blue milk, the one substance in the universe that Ozzy Osbourne has never chugged by the barrel. Also, Ozzy meets Osgood! Osgood, Ozzy. Ozzy, Osgood.
C-3PO riding with the local chapter of the 501st Legion. Much more dignified than being carried by Ewoks.
The only time we’ve had cosplay parades here in Indianapolis was at Star Wars Celebration 2002 and/or 2005 (I forget which), when it was mostly Stormtroopers.
We learned the distinctive carpet in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis is a beloved Dragon Con running gag, represented in the parade by several cosplayers such as this Shagtrooper.
The Twi’lek Society was one of many very specific fan groups joining the festivities.
I feel like I’ve seen this Sith Lord before (maybe in comics?), but memory fails me.
Ice cream Sandcrawler! Jawas from a planet made of burning hot sand decide to sell frozen treats for a living.
Darth Fuchsia asking how YOU doin’.
To be continued! Other chapters in this very special miniseries:
Introduction: 20 Years of Road Trips, 2 Lifetimes of Geek Culture
Part 1: The Stars Our Destination – our usual roundup of actors and jazz-hands
Part 2: Cosplay on Parade
Part 3: More Cosplay on Parade
Part 5: Still More Cosplay on Parade Continued
Part 6: Still More Cosplay on Parade Continued Yet Again
Part 7: Deadpool Presents the Deadpool Cosplay Parade Starring Deadpool
Part 8: Ultimate Final Cosplay-Parade Climax Endgame Finale
Part 9: No Parades, Just Cosplay
Part 10: Last Call for Cosplay
Part 11: The Dragon’s Lairs
Part 12: Who Else We Saw, What Else We Did
Advance epilogue: Three Thoughts After Our First Dragon Con