10,000 People Are Coming to Pittsburgh and They Will Be Wearing Fursuits
Anthrocon is returning to the Steel City next weekend and you're invited to the party.
The furries are back in Pittsburgh next week for the 26th annual Anthrocon. With attendance increasing each year, this year’s convention is expected to draw an even larger crowd than last year’s turnout of more than 9,700 attendees.
The David L. Lawrence Convention Center will open its doors at noon on June 29, kicking off a big weekend of events that will wrap up on July 2. There is a lot in store for this year’s furry takeover, with a jam-packed schedule that includes endless activities and events.
Events include river cruises, meet and greets, crafts, games, performances and more. The local Pittsburgh community is encouraged to join in on the citywide events, starting with a block party and parade that will take place from 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 1.
VisitPittsburgh has been working with Anthrocon since 2006 to maximize turnout and access to accommodations for visitors. In February of this year, Visit Pittsburgh partnered with local hotels to reserve more than 7,500 rooms for attendees.
All rooms were booked within 24 hours, prompting VisitPittsburgh to reach out to more hotels and make nearly 2,000 additional rooms available. By March, more than 8,900 rooms were booked. This year, VisitPittsburgh anticipates nearly 10,000 visitors and $10 million in direct spending.
Over the years, the convention has contributed millions of dollars to the local economy and charity. Since 1997, Anthrocon has contributed nearly $500,000 to various charities, according to the Anthrocon website, and more than $70 million to the local economy, according to VisitPittsburgh.