The Furries Are Back In Pittsburgh For Anthrocon 2018

The costumed characters are taking over downtown

Larry Richert and John Shumway
July 06, 2018 - 10:30 am

Exkhaniber - Pittsburgh Anthrocon

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Around this time every year, Pittsburgh hosts a “furry” convention called Anthrocon.

Publications Director for Anthrocon, Karl Jorgensen, joined KDKA Radio on Friday to talk about the 22nd convention and explain the “furry” phenomenon.

He says that individuals represent their favorite animal or cartoon in a costume.

“Everybody has their own individual, unique, character that they’ve created.” Jorgensen continued,

“You can make them yourself and some people will commission them. Some of these cost thousands of dollars; some of them are really elaborate and can get up to the five digits.”

Most people who take part in the event do not actually dress up.

“It’s a little bit of a misconception because not all of our attendees wear costumes; it’s only about 20%,” Jorgensen said.

There are all kinds of “Furry Events,” but only Pittsburgh hosts Anthrocon.  

“There are other conventions around the world; there are so many these days that there is one happening somewhere in the world pretty much every weekend, but Anthrocon is only here in Pittsburgh,” Jorgensen added.

If anyone is interested in seeing “the furries”, Jorgensen told listeners where they can be seen;

“We’ve got the first parade on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the David Lawrence Convention Center.”

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