9/1/18 - Atlanta - A cosplayer dressed as Kara Thrace, the Viper pilot in the television series “Battlestar Galactica,” walks down Peachtree Street with her Viper at the annual Dragon Con Parade on Saturday, September 1. JENNA EASON/JENNA.EASON@COXINC.COM

Event-packed weekend draws multitudes to the city

There were no inter-planetary or inter-dimensional conflicts during Dragon Con 2018, which drew about 80,000 visitors to downtown Atlanta over five days.

“We are unaware of any significant incidents involving any of this weekend’s events,” said Officer Jarius Daugherty of the Atlanta Police Department.

In addition the science fiction convention, crowds also converged on the Chick-fil-A kickoff game, which pitted the Auburn Tigers against the Washington Huskies; Georgia Tech’s home opener against Alcorn State; the AJC Decatur Book Festival; Atlanta Black Pride Weekend and a variety of other happenings.

9/1/18 - Atlanta - Cosplayers dressed as Queen Gorgo and King Leonidas I, walk down Peachtree Street at the annual Dragon Con Parade on Saturday, September 1. JENNA EASON JENNA.EASON@COXINC.COM
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The panoply of activities drew tens of thousands to downtown Atlanta. Weather cooperated to make the weekend a success.

“We are proud to have organized an exciting convention that gave fans an opportunity to show off their spectacular costumes, make new friends, and meet their favorite creators,” said Dragon Con co-chair Rachel Reeves.

Fans of of the five-day Dragon Con festival, which ended Monday, came from all 50 states and as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and other Pacific Rim countries.

Some of this year’s top guests included Jennifer Morrison of “Once Upon a Time,” Evangeline Lilly of “Ant Man & The Wasp,” Mike Colter of “Luke Cage” and Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin from “Stranger Things.”

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