Anthrocon Attempts World Record

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":

  • On Wednesday, July 3, Dr. Samuel Conway, Anthrocon chairman and CEO, will be available for media interviews between 10 a.m. and noon at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. Media will be required to schedule interviews with Connie George or Lynne Glover in advance. Several Anthrocon attendees are also available for interviews at this time. Media will check in at the Westin Hotel lobby.
  • On Saturday, July 6, Anthrocon will attempt to set a Guinness World Record with the "World's Largest Fursuit Parade." Upwards of 1,100+ attendees in full head-to-foot fursuits will pose for a group photo before participating in the parade inside the convention center. Media must meet in the East Lobby of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 1:45pm in order to be escorted to the viewing areas. Media is also asked to RSVP for this special photo opportunity. Please know that it is important to be on time for this photo opportunity.

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.