Furries hold 20th annual Anthrocon Convention in Pittsburgh

Furries are people who celebrate human traits that can be found in animals


PITTSBURGH (AP) – The folks who call themselves the Furries are again descending on Pittsburgh.

This weekend’s celebration marks the 20th anniversary of Anthrocon. Furries are people who celebrate anthropomorphism which, simply put, means people who like to celebrate the human traits that can be found in animals or animal characters, like Bugs Bunny.

About 1,500 of the 6,500 people expected to attend the convention dress up in full-body suits that make them appear to be animal characters. Those folks, in particular, are known as “furries” though the label can apply to those who don’t dress up either.

Others just like to celebrate animal characters in movies, TV shows, comic books and other media.

The convention started in Albany, New York, but moved to Pittsburgh 11 years ago. It runs through Sunday.

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