Dragon Con is back for 2023!
The five-day convention and parade have been an annual Labor Day Weekend tradition in Atlanta since 1987 (including that awful summer of 2020, when it was reinvented as a virtual event).
Dragon Con 2023 runs from August 31st to September 4th this year, with events at five hotels in downtown Atlanta.
It wouldn’t be Labor Day Weekend without the throngs of costumed visitors wandering around downtown Atlanta. The spectacle of cosplayer showcasing their favorite superheroes and sci-fi characters parading down Peachtree Street has attracted over 75,000 spectators in the past.
The Dragon Con parade is FREE to attend and open to the public.
It happens this year on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 10 a.m., although the crowds will begin gathering and staking out their spots by 8 a.m.
Bring the kids, put on your own costumes, and watch elaborate cosplayers march through downtown Atlanta.
Parade route (see also the map below)
- The parade kicks off at the corner of Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue.
- It will proceed south on Peachtree all the way to to Andrew Young International Blvd.
- It will turn left onto AYI Blvd and one block to Peachtree Center Avenue, where it will turn left again.
- The parade will then proceed a block and a half northward to end in front of the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
TIP: If you really can’t handle the parade crowds, just head downtown anytime from Friday through Sunday. Take MARTA to Peachtree Center Station, then just wander around the area. You’ll see plenty of elaborate costumes. Or check out the lobbies of these downtown hotels: Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta, and Westin Peachtree Plaza.
It is so imperative that you ride MARTA downtown, that the good folks at MARTA have put together several detailed guides to help demystify the process for infrequent riders.
These guides are highly recommended: