Anthrocon "Furries" Return to Pittsburgh this Weekend

PITTSBURGH - This weekend Pittsburgh welcomes back Anthrocon, the world's largest convention for those fascinated with anthropomorphics! The 20th annual convention will take place June 30 to July 3 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  It will be the 11th consecutive year that the event will be in Pittsburgh.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Athrocon's theme will be the "Roaring Twenties," and one of the highlights will be the second annual outdoor "Fursuit Walk" on Saturday, July 2. Approximately 1,400 "fursuiters" will parade around the outside of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 2 p.m. The parade is open to the public with media/photo opportunities available.

"We are always pleased to host Anthrocon’s annual convention," said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. "Not only do they make us smile, but since 2006 they have contributed more than $46 million in direct spending for our region. We thank the Anthrocon organizers for again choosing Pittsburgh for their convention."

Anthrocon has raised more than $240,000 for animal-related charities in Pennsylvania, and this year it has selected the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium as the charity it will support.

The Anthrocon convention brings together animators, artists, costumers, puppeteers and fans of cartoon animals to engage in workshops, seminars, costume-building, animation, writing and art design in a relaxed and welcoming setting.

VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. It is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.