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Dragon Con Parade 2018. Sign up for 1) Cult of Marriott Carpet or 2) Eternal Members and Friends
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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.

2-16-2018. Yes, we still have a small number of spaces open!
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 July so they can let in people from their waiting list.

Want to join another parade group?
Parade registration filled up on 2-15-2018. The wait list form for the parade is https://tinyurl.com/DCParadeWL2018 and it can always be found at http://dragoncon.org/?q=be_in_the_parade .

Name. Example: Zan Bowden (required) *
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Facebook Messenger URL. Example: https://www.facebook.com/EternalZan
Your answer
Do my kids need a wristband?
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): *
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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 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 at https://tinyurl.com/DCParadeWL2018.

Bookmark this form and come back any time to change your status.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rhc3EwtctFSh3hVhmlDrmWuZpJNoD3ySXN0bFT9hLg4

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?
2-15-2018. Parade registration is now closed. This includes vehicle registrations. The wait list is here. https://tinyurl.com/DCParadeWL2018

For future reference, 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) led by Zan Bowden." Vehicle spots are very limited and all of them were taken in less than a day in 2017 and 2018.

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 and answer your questions. If you don't know who the group leader is then contact 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 PLEASE PLEASE REMEMBER TO DROP OUT OF YOUR OLD GROUP! Duplicate registrations take away spaces from people on the waiting list. Thank you!

PARADE RULES
1) You must have a Dragon Con badge good for Saturday.
2) You must wear a costume.
3) You must have a parade wristband. These will be checked by security before you are allowed to march in the parade.
Get important news throughout the year. Join the Cult of Marriott Carpet Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/439672119763192
Cult of Marriott Carpet Parade Group (All carpet patterns welcome!)
The sleeper hit of the 2016 parade returns for their third year in 2018! 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 in the Facebook event description at https://www.facebook.com/events/439672119763192.

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 honor its memory. Always.

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/168581970543415
Eternal Members and Friends Parade Group (EM not required)
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 DCTV in 2017! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRvWBJMuoIQ&t=42m30s

Our 2018 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 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.
I WANT TO GET MY REQUIRED PARADE WRISTBAND ON THURSDAY OR FRIDAY. HOW CAN I DO THAT?
2-16-2018. Since you are filling out this form after parade registration has closed, you will need to get on the parade's waiting list at https://tinyurl.com/DCParadeWL2018 for an individual wristband as soon as possible. Follow the news 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.

Last year 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.

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/439672119763192

Eternal Members and Friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/168581970543415

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