World’s Largest Fursuit Parade: Special media/photo opportunities available for this "furry fandom" event
PITTSBURGH –Anthrocon, the world's largest convention for those fascinated with animal characters, returns to the City of Pittsburgh for its 2013 annual convention from July 4-7 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. This year, the conference – with 5,500 participants – promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Two separate opportunities are available to media interested in covering the 2013 Anthrocon Annual Convention, also known as "The Furries":
While they may be the most recognizable part of the Anthrocon convention, only about 20 percent of Anthrocon’s attendees wear costumes. The Anthrocon convention attracts artists, animators, costumers, puppeteers and just every day fans who enjoy cartoon animals. The program includes workshops and seminars in acting, costume-building, animation, art and design.
The convention has grown considerably since it first came to Pittsburgh in 2006. VisitPittsburgh estimates that more than $25 million in direct spending in the Pittsburgh region has been realized as a result of Anthrocon, which draws attendees from around the world. In addition, since making Pittsburgh the host city for its annual convention, Anthrocon has raised more than $140,000 for animal-related charities.
NOTE: Media MUST make appointments for media interviews on July 3 and RSVP to attend the July 6 "Fursuit Parade."
Connie George, VisitPittsburgh
Lynne Glover, VisitPittsburgh
Karl Xydexx, Anthrocon
VisitPittsburgh is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency of the Pittsburgh region. The organization is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.