I went to see the parade. It was less than five minutes when the streets were overunned with people. I'm pretty sure 80% of them were NOT there for Dragon Con; just to watch the parade. When I knew I wouldn't get a decent vantage point for photos, I made my way toward the Marriott.
Thanks to my years of experience with the Dragon Con, I knew where the parade ENDED. So . . .It would come to me :)