'The Furries' nuzzle up to Pittsburgh at 2014 Anthrocon convention
PITTSBURGH –Anthrocon, the world’s largest convention for artists, animators, costumers, puppeteers and fans fascinated with animal characters, returned to the City of Pittsburgh for its 2014 annual convention from July 3-6 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
This year, the Anthrocon Convention, also known as “The Furries”, drew over 5,800 participants.
On July 5, over 1,300 attendees in full head-to-foot costumes (“fursuits”) posed for a group photo before participating in a parade inside the convention center.
The conference will generate an estimated $7,074,236 in direct spending to Pittsburgh’s economy.
Since its first convention here in 2006, Anthrocon has contributed more than $34 million in direct spending.
Anthrocon has raised over $200,000 for local charities. This year’s charity is the National Aviary.
Delegates come from all over the world, and range in age from 1 to 85 years old