Comic-Con Masquerade 2010

This is not your normal costume party.

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It's not a shopping contest, it's a costume contest.
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The Masquerade is a big Comic-Con tradition. Thousands of people wait in line each year, just to get a glimpse of the spectacular costumes.
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This year, Masquerade Coordinator Martin Jaquish said the costume contest had 36 entries with 126 performers.
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"[We] always hope every year will be better than the last, Jaquish said.
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Each contestant has to submit an entry form, if the costume meets the criteria they are allowed to enter the contest, Jaquish explained.
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The rules state contestants are not allowed to enter costumes they have worn to Comic-Con before or won a prize for during a previous contest.
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Each costume must be an original piece. Participants are required to send in photographs of themselves making their costumes, Jaquish said.
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The day's newspaper must be in the photo to verify the date, he added.
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The costume contest takes many months to prepare for, Masquerade staffers said every year they get excited to see what people have come up with.
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There is no theme for the contest; entrants are allowed to enter the costume of their choice.
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Sometimes the costumes are a hit Jaquish said, but other times it’s a miss, it just depends on the audience.
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