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Saturday, belluthien and I got up very early to get ready for the parade. I have decided that Galadriel’s Grey Havens wig is too damaged to wear again after this. I will buy a new one for ALEP 2.

I made pretty good time and left, but then had to return because I’d forgotten my badge. By the time I got back outside, the sidewalks were getting crowded, which made me feel a little bitchy. If I had been dressed as Bellatrix, I probably would have shouted for people to move, but I was Galadriel, and decided that was too out of character. ;P So I slowly made my way through the standing crowds towards the gathering areas for the parade. I saw Yvette’s Alien group first, so I got a picture of them before finding the Tolkien people. I snapped a few pictures while we waited for the parade to start.





In this photo: mellymel, sistersola, finarfiniel



Although there was a band playing drums in one of the groups ahead of us, after a bit, they had put some distance between them and us. We had hazelrah1 with us, and that electric wheelchair only goes so fast. I didn’t mind. It was a more proper Elvish pace. The guy who is always in the parade with his bicycle rode in circles in the generous space between our groups, so it worked out well for him, too.

Once the drums were farther away, I lead the singing of “Into the West,” which we always do. I did it in the original key – I’d promised the Elvish singing panel that I would – so it wasn’t too low for Kate and others to sing along. ;)

After the parade, I made my way back up to the room to freshen up, then texted my fellow Nukie, Angela, who lives in Atlanta and had come to see the parade. We met up for lunch and chatted for about an hour or so, and got some pictures taken. Her kids were very enthusiastic about D-Con.



After they left, I hung with amaz0n_princess and rgusmc1 and Mellymel while they got lunch.

As I was reading something with my handy-dandy magnifying lens (in lieu of reading glasses), J said, “Oh, I’ll be needing to do that someday.” I said, “I resisted for a long time, but after I turned 45, I really couldn’t deny it anymore.” She looked incredulous and said, “How old are you?” I said, “48.” She said, “Oh, my gosh, you’re my mother’s age!” Her mother gets mistaken for her older sister, so maybe it shouldn’t have surprised her so much. ;)

After wandering around the dealer rooms for awhile, I made my way back to the room to change into Gerard. Yvette was already transforming from Ripley into Julien. This always takes awhile, and of course, I missed the leather panel given by Michael Cook. I hung with Yvette for quite awhile, as Gerard is Julien’s companion, and we are meant to be a pair. For a time, we were pulled into a group of women in period dresses, who were also quite tall, compared to Julien and Gerard. Perhaps there was Entdraught available nearby. ;)


Photo by Rosalind Friday on Facebook

As time went by, I felt myself growing more and more exhausted. I’d been up since 6am, and on my feet for much of that time. At 10 pm, I told Yvette I wanted to attend a panel for the Young Lit track about GLBT issues in Y.A. It was a lively discussion, and, since I spend a great deal of time with young people and parents who are struggling to come to terms with their own or their child’s sexual orientation, it was refreshing to be among so many who were confident and outspoken in their opinions. And frankly, it also felt really good to sit down for an hour.

Yvette would have like me to rejoin her after the panel, but I just wanted to go to the room and get comfortable and sleep.

All weekend – especially Saturday – there was a vague “unsafe” vibe in the air that I had not felt so strongly in the past. There were a host of football fans at the con who seemed bent on getting drunk and stupid. I spent too many years playing in a band and watching people getting drunk and stupid. It wasn’t fun then, and it isn’t now. I would also learn after the fact that several con goers were sexually assaulted or mistreated in some other way. So, I guess that’s where the drunk and stupid parts come in. There has been a great deal of posting about that on LJ, and I know the Marriott and Dragon*Con, as well as the LSU college football franchise, are hearing about it. This con has grown beyond the abilities of the hotels’ regular security detail, and they need to address it before something worse happens.

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alabastard
Sep. 17th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
I love perusing these photos, your costumes are all so gorgeous, makes me want to get on with our Haldir Legolas costumes we've let slide. Must find time....
bonnie_halfelvn
Sep. 17th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
Oh, you two are perfect for those!

I started working on Dark Galadriel in 2006, and it's still not finished...
alabastard
Sep. 17th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
It's a pair we're dying to do. Ooooh, Dark Galadriel's such a favourite, you're perfect for her.
dreamer_98
Sep. 17th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Great pictures. Awesome you got to meet up with Angela. :)

Hehe, that's kind of funny that you tried to stay "in character" even though you were irritated. I try to do that when I dress up for Halloween as a character.

But that's awful about the drinking and the sexual harrassments. Hopefully the people in charge will find a way to take care of that so it doesn't happen in the future.
bonnie_halfelvn
Sep. 17th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
It was fun lunching with Angela and her family.

We'll see what happens with security next year. It will either improve or it will be like Homeland security that isn't. They'll make us take off our shoes before we enter the hotel. ;P

I realized my first year at D*C that when I dress up as a character, I am representing more than myself. It doesn't matter if I'm tired - if a little girl wants her picture taken with me, it's not because I'm me; it's because I'm Galadriel.
karen_jk
Sep. 17th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
You work with PFLAG?

Thank you for the lovely pics! Love Ripley and the Aliens.
bonnie_halfelvn
Sep. 17th, 2010 10:20 am (UTC)
Yvette was a bit disappointed that Ripley didn't get much attention when she wore it on Friday, but I knew that she needed to be with the Aliens for people to really get it.

I joined PFLAG Pittsburgh in Feb. 2009. I'm now a board member at large. There is another brand new chapter closer to me, but I can't always make their meetings.
princess_lesa
Sep. 17th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
Good report and good pictures. ;)
bonnie_halfelvn
Sep. 17th, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! My camera always takes better pictures in daylight.
droxy
Sep. 17th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
SQUEEES!! Awesome picspam!~
bonnie_halfelvn
Sep. 17th, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
Thanks!
droxy
Sep. 17th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
That interesting because if the wronge person wound up grabbing a wrong person they could wind up seriously hurt or dead. I had not heard of attacks at Dragon Con. But I just got on LJ
bonnie_halfelvn
Sep. 17th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
I heard about one before I left and thought it was an isolated incident, but the D*C Community on LJ has been buzzing about it.

http://community.livejournal.com/dragoncon/2542632.html

(The management of the Marriott has seen this post!)

Edited at 2010-09-17 10:38 am (UTC)
droxy
Sep. 17th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that. It seems civil and decent behavior is degrading rapidly. Oddly I stayed at the non-convention marriot (4 blocks away) one year because I could use my points there. The main con hotels do not allow you to use frequent stay points during labor Day weekend. There were lots of football fans (older ones) at the "other marriott" and they were nice, cheerful and pretty mellow. They did ask us questions about our convention.

I was living in Atlanta and I go about alone there all the time.
wicked_swann
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Oh, lovely photos!
bonnie_halfelvn
Sep. 17th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
Thanks!
yocepha
Sep. 17th, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
Great photos! Love the Middle Earth costumes..... :-)
bonnie_halfelvn
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
I am always delighted to see how many of us there are after all this time.
finarfiniel
Sep. 17th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh cripes I look like total ass in that picture X(

The other ones are very nice, though!
bonnie_halfelvn
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
I think you look just fine. Your dress is very pretty, too.
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