Imagine. The Wednesday before Comic Con and the streets of downtown San Diego are filled with various cosplayers and celebrities. Maybe there’s a Spider-Man float, or Superman is seen flying above the city. If the City Council President of San Diego has his way, it might just happen.
Tony Young would love to see a parade to help kick off Comic Con. He talks about his plans in this article on Sign On San Diego. His main points are that many locals might get locked out of SDCC because of the demand for passes. This would be a way for the locals to enjoy the Con even if they don’t manage to get passes or maybe they just don’t want to put out the money for it. If you have a family SDCC can become expensive pretty quick.
He mentions in the article that it’s another way to get people to come into town longer too. That the city could benefit from another day of revenue if Con goers have a reason to come into town early. I don’t know about you but I give myself a few days before and a day after. A parade isn’t going to make me come into town sooner. San Diego Comic Con is huge and if you plan on seeing any other sites that the city has to offer, you have to give yourself a few extra days. I think it’s safe to say that most people probably arrive into town a few days early.
Mr. Young seems very excited about the idea and I think it could add a little extra fun to those exciting days in July. He mentions that it probably wouldn’t happen this year but maybe by 2012 they could have everything in place. I just wonder if he’s expecting too much extra revenue out of this. People still work. Sure, you might get the downtown people to check it out during lunch (depending on when you have the parade) but I doubt anyone would take off work to enjoy it. I can’t imagine having a parade at the end of the day when traffic is at it’s worse.
It’ll be interesting to see what comes of this idea. What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Don’t really care?