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Dragon Con Parade 2019. Sign up for 1) Cult of Marriott Carpet or 2) Eternal Members and Friends
This is NOT the official registration form by Dragon Con, it is just for these two parade groups. To learn more about Dragon Con's official form, go to http://dragoncon.org/?q=be_in_the_parade .
Email address *
Please fill out one form per email address. Your email address is required because it will be used to confirm your participation by June or July.

The parade fills up faster every year. Duplicate registrations and no-shows prevent people from marching in the parade. Last year there were over 400 people on the parade's official waiting list and most did not get in. :(

Your email address will be used to confirm your participation. Unconfirmed spaces will be given to someone on the waiting list.

You can cancel at any time by filling out the "Join or drop out of a Parade Group (required)" section of the form.

Want to join another parade group?
After spaces for 1) the Cult of Marriott Carpet and 2) the Eternal Members and Friends have filled up then we will start a waiting list. If people need to drop out later in the year then we'll contact people on our waiting list. Extra spaces will be turned into the parade in June or July (whenever they tell us the deadline will be) so they can let in people from the overall parade waiting list.

Want to join another parade group?
Use the resources at http://dragoncon.org/?q=be_in_the_parade .

Name. Example: Zan Bowden (required) *
Your answer
Facebook Messenger URL. Example: https://www.facebook.com/EternalZan
Your answer
Parade wristbands are required for all people aged 7 or older to march in the parade. Dragon Con security will check for wristbands.
Children ages 6 and under do NOT need a parade wristband or Dragon Con badge.
Children ages 7 and over DO need a parade wristband and a Dragon Con badge.
Children ages 13 and under who are participating in the parade MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Convention Policies: http://www.dragoncon.org/?q=convention_policies
Memberships & Presales: http://www.dragoncon.org/?q=membership_pre_sales
Total number of wristbands requested. (required) *
Join or drop out of a Parade Group (required): *

The GROUP REGISTRATION is the most popular option and is strongly recommended for all first-timers to the parade. You will meet with the group leader on Saturday morning in the Marriott at 8:00 AM. The group leader will hand out wristbands, answer questions, and then we will all take a shuttle bus to the staging location together so no one gets lost! The staging location is about a mile away from the Marriott.

The GROUP REGISTRATION is the most popular option and is strongly recommended for all first-timers to the parade. You will meet with the group leader on Saturday morning in the Marriott at 8:00 AM. The group leader will hand out wristbands, answer questions, and then we will all take a shuttle bus to the staging location together so no one gets lost! The staging location is about a mile away from the Marriott.
OMG THIS FORM IS SO LONG, DO I REALLY HAVE TO READ ALL THIS?
Nope, you are done filling out all the required fields now. If you've marched in the parade before and don't have any questions, you can skip to the bottom and click "submit." You''ll get an email confirmation with all the info on this form. You can keep it for your reference and read it later.

If you are a first-timer or still have questions then keep reading. I've done my best to make this form as comprehensive as possible. You'll learn answers to questions you didn't even know you had! *adjusts geek glasses*

PLEASE CANCEL IF YOU EVER NEED TO DROP OUT.
Plans can change especially when the schedule is finally released! We understand. If you need to drop out PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let us know. In 2017 and 2018 there were over 400 people on the waiting list and most did not get in. THANK YOU from all of the people on the parade's waiting list.

Bookmark this form and come back any time to change your status.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HFOr0PJs6VOdv-D-Glzu8OTVruLHNm5B9FNPsRUwB80

Um, why are these two different parade groups on the same form?
The same person is leading both groups.
HOW DO I REGISTER A VEHICLE?
If you have a vehicle then register directly with the parade as an individual and request to be placed in a specific group. Vehicles will get separate instructions from the parade. During registration write this on their form: "I would like to be placed with the (name of group) (1) Cult of Marriott Carpet or 2) Eternal Members and Friends) led by Zan Bowden." Vehicle spots are very limited and in the past all of them were taken in less than a day.

Get information about how to register directly with the parade from http://dragoncon.org/?q=be_in_the_parade

HOW DO I SWITCH PARADE GROUPS?
Contact the group leader for the area you want to join. They can tell you if there are any openings for their group and answer your questions. If you don't know who the group leader is then contact the parade at http://dragoncon.org/?q=be_in_the_parade and they will direct you to the right person. Some areas are managed by the parade and don't have a group leader. In that case the parade will place you into the correct section for your costume.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO DROP OUT OF YOUR OLD GROUP! Duplicate registrations take away spaces from the hundreds of people on the waiting list. Thank you!

PARADE RULES
1) You must wear a costume.
2) You must have a parade wristband. These will be checked by security before you are allowed to march in the parade.
3) You must have a Dragon Con badge that is valid for Saturday.
If you are getting a Saturday only badge (and therefore might not have a badge in time for the parade) then read this past post https://www.facebook.com/groups/dragonconparade/permalink/1364465423606584 and then contact the parade for current information for this year.
Get important news throughout the year. Join the Cult of Marriott Carpet Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/310995229519185/
Cult of Marriott Carpet Parade Group (All carpet patterns are welcome!)
The sleeper hit of the 2016 parade returns for their fourth year in 2019! They said we couldn’t do it and we proved them wrong... this group gets bigger every year! Witness the glory of the Cult of Marriott Carpet on DCTV in 2017!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRvWBJMuoIQ&t=42m50s

1) All hotel-themed outfits and carpet patterns are welcome, the classic Marriott carpet or carpet pattern are NOT required.
2) Yes, you can wear the new, ugly brown "skid marks" carpet. I don't know WHY you'd want to wear that steaming pile of dog poodoo (ew!) but hey, it's Dragon Con and every hero needs a worthy nemesis!
3) Learn all about the pattern and how to make your own outfits at https://dragonconeternalmembers.com/marriott-carpet-pattern. A link to this is also in the Facebook event description.

Q: I'm new to Dragon Con and I don't get it. You people worship carpet that doesn't exist anymore?
A: Yes. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. It all started many years ago when the creative folks at Volpin Props decided to make their own soldier costumes but instead of the standard camouflage coloring they used the pattern of the Marriott Carpet at the time. It was a viral internet sensation! The carpet was replaced in 2016 but we continue to honor its memory. Wearing the carpet pattern is a fun way to be a part of something that is unique to Dragon Con.

See some fantastic photos of costumers at https://www.google.com/search?biw=1600&bih=690&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=G1AgWqOuGsLemAG4goOIAw&q=dragon+con+marriott+carpet+parade+costumes&oq=dragon+con+marriott+carpet+parade+costumes

Get important news throughout the year. Join the Eternal Members and Friends Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/346273439296389
Eternal Members and Friends Parade Group. Regular Members are welcome.
No, you don’t have to be an Eternal Member (or know one) to march in the parade with us. We welcome everyone. The Eternals are a small group and always will be. Gaze upon the wonders of the Eternal Members and Friends parade group on at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X--ee27Byjc&t=18m57s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRvWBJMuoIQ&t=42m40s

Our theme is eternal/ immortal creatures and/ or Dragon Con themed outfits. It is pretty simple - we are the Dragon Con Eternal Members so we are using every part of that for our theme. This is a broad theme that is open to a wide range of creative interpretations, exactly what costumers do best!

What is an Eternal Member? Learn more at the unofficial fan-run website at www.DragonConEternalMembers.com

THE INFORMATION BELOW APPLIES TO BOTH PARADE GROUPS.
I WANT TO GET MY REQUIRED PARADE WRISTBAND AT THE SATURDAY MORNING MEETUP AT 8:00 a.m. TELL ME ABOUT IT.
Exclusive swag just for the Cult of Marriott Carpet and the Eternal Members and Friends parade marcher will be available. The parade group leader will check your names off the list and give out parade wristbands. We will all leave together to take a free shuttle bus to the the parade staging area, it is about a mile away.

This is the best option for first-time marchers in the parade and people who enjoy traveling in a group. It is the most popular choice because you know you won't get lost or arrive too late and miss out.

MEETING AREA MAP
We are meeting just outside the Eternals/VIP Badge Pickup room in Marriott room L507-508, lobby level. A map of our meeting spot is at http://dragonconeternalmembers.com/parade. A link to the map is also in the Facebook event.

Directions: Go to the Lobby Level of the Marriott. Go to the Starbucks and look for the nearby concierge desk. Go all the way down the hallway to the immediate left of the the concierge desk. You will see the Eternals/VIP badge pickup room to your right. We are meeting outside this room in the nearby lobby area. For your easy reference, this information is in our Facebook event.

I WANT TO GET MY REQUIRED PARADE WRISTBAND ON THURSDAY OR FRIDAY. HOW CAN I DO THAT?
If you are signing up before 2-14-2019, then register directly with the parade as an individual and request to be placed in a specific group. During registration write this on their form: "I would like to be placed with the (name of group) 1) Cult of Marriott Carpet or 2)Eternal Members and Friends) led by Zan Bowden."

Get information about how to register directly with the parade from http://dragoncon.org/?q=be_in_the_parade

If you are filling out this form AFTER parade registration has closed (As of this writing, it is expected to close on Feb 15) then you will need to get on the parade's waiting list for an individual wristband as soon as possible. Follow the news and instructions from the parade's official social media accounts at http://dragoncon.org/?q=be_in_the_parade.

On your waiting list application write this on their form: "I would like to be placed with the (name of group) Cult of Marriott Carpet or Eternal Members and Friends group led by Zan Bowden." This ensures you will get correct instructions from the parade.

BEING ON THE WAITING LIST DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO MARCH IN THE PARADE

In the past over 400 people were on the waiting list and most did not get in. If you get a wristband then you will follow all of their instructions and meet your group at the parade staging area. This is where the parade marchers line up in their groups to get ready. DO NOT BE LATE. THE PARADE WAITS FOR NO ONE!

You can also choose to join the rest of your parade group at our Saturday morning meetup at 8:00 a.m - be sure to bring your wristband with you as one will NOT be set aside for you if you signed up as an individual because that would be a duplicate registration that would take away a space from someone else.

Read and follow the Facebook event for complete details about the Saturday morning meetup.

ACCESSIBILITY
The parade staging area is about a mile away from the host hotels. This is where all parade marchers are required to line up to get ready for the parade.

While all shuttle buses to the staging area are supposed to be wheelchair friendly, there have been reports in past years of that not being the case. If you have any mobility considerations please contact Dragon Con's official Disability Services as soon as possible for the most current information on this topic. http://dragoncon.org/?q=disability_services. Advance planning is key when you need to arrange alternate transportation. I strongly suggest also having a Plan B.

AFTER THE PARADE - PROFESSIONAL PHOTO OP
After the parade we will be getting our annual professional group photo op with Bryan Humphrey aka Mad Scientist with a Camera. We will travel together straight from the parade to our photo op. The location is the Marquis level of the Marriott. Find the information booth at the bottom of the escalator and then go left. You can download your photos from the photographer's website during the convention. The higher res versions will be available after the convention.

Spaces are limited and the cost is $10 per person. Payment in advance guarantees your spot. Online payment deadline: Wed, Aug 14, 2019. PM https://www.facebook.com/EternalZan for payment details. The photographer limits the number of spaces because only a certain number of people will fit in the shot. If there are any spaces still open after the deadline has passed then you are welcome to pay at the convention with cash in American dollars. No gold-pressed Latinum will be accepted.

To be safe, plan to miss the first panel of the day. Also, you may want to change and take a shower afterwards. It can be a hot, sweaty walk. But so worth it!

KEEP UP ON PARADE NEWS
1) Get official news by following all of the official social media sources of the Dragon Con parade. http://dragoncon.org/?q=be_in_the_parade. As the parade approaches they will release lots of very IMPORTANT news including maps of the shuttle buses and staging area (where all the marchers line up before the parade), rules, and more.

2) Read the complete FAQ at https://dragonconeternalmembers.com/parade .

3) Keep informed throughout the year with the Facebook events for your parade group.

Cult of Marriott Carpet: https://www.facebook.com/events/310995229519185

Eternal Members and Friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/346273439296389

LINKS AND HELPFUL RESOURCES
ETERNALS
https://dragonconeternalmembers.com - General FAQ about the Eternal Membership.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/DragonConEternalMembers - Private discussion group for Eternals.
https://www.facebook.com/DragonConEternalMembers - Public page for Eternals fan meetups during Dragon Con.

CULT OF MARRIOTT CARPET
https://dragonconeternalmembers.com/marriott-carpet-pattern - FAQ, download carpet pattern for free.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MarriottCarpetLovers - private discussion group for carpet fans, get ideas and help for your costumes.
https://www.facebook.com/CultOfMarriottCarpet - Public page for Carpet fan meetups during Dragon Con.

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