Cypress Street Pint & Plate was transformed into a hot dog-lovers paradise as it hosted a Nathan's hot dog eating contest. Contestants were given 10 minutes to consume as many hot dogs as they could without losing any in the process. Local Atlantans took the stage to see if they could make it to Coney Island for the national finals on July 4. Professional competitive eater Adrian Morgan, of Baton Rouge, La., won first place after eating 38 hot dogs in the time allotted.
The outside of Atlanta Motor Speedway was transformed this past weekend into a zombie apocalypse during the Atlanta location of the Zombie Run. An estimated 4,000 people participated in the event that consisted of humans dodging brain-eating zombies while running/walking around the speedway. Smoke machines went off as a helicopter hovered close to the ground along the race route in true apocalyptic form. The video-game like race featured human participants that were equipped with three balloons that signified their "life-span". If the participants could make it through the 5k race with at least one of their balloons still attached to their waist, they survived the zombie attacks.
The Atlanta Greek Picnic Foundation hosted their annual greek step show in Forbes Arena on Morehouse University's campus. Fraternity and sorority members of the nine historically African American greek organizations filled the arena. Anticipation, joy, and a sense of dignity filled the air as each group was represented by their peers on stage. Judges tables equipped with little desk lamps for scoring aligned the front row as each group stepped. In the end, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. walked away with 1st place bragging rights.
Maybe it's an Atlanta thing or maybe just a Southern thing all around. Give us a parking lot anywhere, recruit some bands, maybe some wrestling, and beer, and we will come in droves! This past Sunday was no exception for the 11th annual Rock & Roll Monster Bash hosted by Professor Morte at the Starlight Drive-In Theater. This year featured a bevy of horrors, oddities, and strangeness... And that was just the crowd that showed up.
This year's lineup included Monstrosity Championship Wrestling, Guinness Book World Record holder The Amazing Captain Stab Tuggo with the equally amazing Maybelle, a tribute to Lady Gaga (of sorts) called Metal Gaga, the family trio Spooky Partridge with 8 year old drumming prodigy Nick Christian, Dracula singing the hits as only he can, a reunion from The Butchers, Baby Baby, and Alice Cooper tribute band Black Juju. Along with ending the evening with classic horror films The Devils Rain and Evil Dead 2.
The event, as always, was covered in a crowd of horror costumes, hot rods, hot dogs, tent canopies, adult beverages, heat, rain, pups, classic bicycles, custom motorcycles, artist vendors, and tons of smiles as only the core of the South can do in a parking lot.
The 25th Atlanta Caribbean Parade sponsored by the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association (ACCBA) featured performers in feather headdresses, masks, and colorful clothing. The parade, which took place this past Saturday, started on Ralph McGill Boulevard, near the Atlanta Civic Center, and ended at Morris Browns Football stadium. Crowd participants waved their flags as smiling parade members passed.
Last Friday night saw monsters and deviants come out in full glory as a night of Monstrosity Championship Wrestling got underway at Famous Pub in Toco Hills. The match-ups included the Executioner vs. DarkMon, Luigi vs. El Monstruo Asesino, Fred Yehi vs. Supernatural, Dragula vs. the Kentucky Wolfman. For the title match and battle for the championship belt, The Phantom took on Papa Marco. Mayhem and madness surrounded the ring as surprise visitors, coffins, and general monstrosity unfolded. In between rounds and finishing off the night, Andrew and the Disapyramids performed some monstrous acts of their own. Catch the next battle this Saturday, May 11, at Art-B-Que in Avondale Estates.
Saturday afternoon found dozens of people congregating at Freedom Park, some dressed in pajamas, most carrying pillows. This same scene happened all over the world as cities and towns joined in to celebrate World Pillow Fight Day. Coming out of the Urban Playground Movement, which focuses on fun, free, all-ages, non-commercial events, friends, families, strangers, the young and the old met at Freedom Park to smash each others' faces with pillows. War cries, stratagems, and all out battle fury marked the afternoon as participants unleashed their inner warriors and fought each other to the death (of the pillows).
BaconFest 2013 took place this past Saturday at Dad's Garage. The event was a celebration of all things bacon, including beer and bands, while also serving as a benefit for Dad's Garage. People showed up in droves to take part in the festivities. Activities included dirty face painting, improvised advice, crappy caricatures, bacon spankins, a sanitary smooch booth, wheelchair obstacle racing, live bands and lots of beer. And bacon. Bacon in a cup, bacon chili, bacon jam, bacon sammies, bacon brittle. What's not to love?
The 131st Saint Patrick's Day Parade took place in downtown Atlanta Saturday afternoon. There were dancers, clowns, bagpipes, marching bands, alpacas, city officials, and a gigantic walking Irish flag. St. Patrick himself showed up as a five-story balloon reminiscent of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Atlantans lined the streets in their best holiday green.
March 8-10 - More than 10,000 anime, gaming, and comic enthusiasts swarmed the Hilton Downtown this past weekend as MomoCon returned for another round of nerdy jubilation. The three-day conference featured a host of genre-specific panel discussions, workshops, tournaments and other attractions like a Disney karaoke contest, a Taido demostration, and more. Couldn't make it out to get your geek on? Check out CL's MomoCon photo gallery and see what you missed.
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