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I AM YOUR FATHER--Sascha Blackburn holding 1-moth old, Anaya (left) and Lance Blackburn (right) from Newnan sport their Star Wars attire along John Portman Blvd near Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. This year’s Dragon-Con has filled up the guest rooms and ballrooms at five downtown hotels, includes seminars on sewing and fabricating props, plus a variety of costume contests and masquerade balls, including a Star Trek beauty pageant. Every year the convention’s costumed cast parades up Peachtree Street on the Saturday before Labor Day, creating a wild floor-show for the many folks in town for Labor Day events (which include the Chick-fil-A kickoff games at the Georgia Dome and the AJC Decatur Book Festival). This year’s parade begins at 10 a.m. in Woodruff Park. As always, this year’s Dragon-Con features appearances by pop-culture icons, including those old war-horses William Shatner and Adam West. But costume play, or cosplay, is also a significant part of the comic con experience, and Atlanta, home to such cosplay celebrities as Alisa Kiss and Yaya Han, has a reputation as a cosplay mecca.