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Sci-fi fanatics invade downtown Atlanta

A unidentified woman dressed in character pauses for onlookers Friday at Dragon Con in Atlanta.

A unidentified woman dressed in character pauses for onlookers Friday at Dragon Con in Atlanta.

 

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 A Dragon Con attendee, who gave his name as Navi, smokes from a hookah Friday.

A Dragon Con attendee, who gave his name as Navi, smokes from a hookah Friday.

 

Associated Press

 A Dragon Con attendee is dressed as a character from the movie “Predator” at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday.

A Dragon Con attendee is dressed as a character from the movie "Predator" at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday.

 

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By Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Tens of thousands of science fiction and fantasy fans descended on downtown Atlanta over the weekend for the 26th annual Dragon Con, a surreal southeast gathering for all things futuristic, fantastical and just plain odd.

The 26th annual event hosts a range of comic-themed costume contests, paranormal training seminars and hands-on sessions for the manufacture of bygone-era armor. Late-night hotel lobby parties spilled into the wee hours Friday, when collections of anime-themed characters caroused with zombies and herculean robots.

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This year's convention had a record 30,000 pre-registered attendees, according to Dan Carroll, a spokesman for the event.

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