30 Jun '17, 8pm
Inside the World of Elite Bird Costuming
This Saturday, residents of Pittsburgh will witness a very curious migration. At the corner of 10th and French, locals will pile into bleachers and line the sidewalks. There will be street vendors, excited children, and a ragtime band. Then, suddenly, out of the David L. Lawrence convention center will come a strutting crowd of brightly colored anthropomorphic animals—birds and cats and dogs and bats and more—resplendent in fur and feathers, waving and cheering. The surreal scene might look like something from a fever dream (or a nightmare, depending on the person), but it will be very real. This is the annual Anthrocon parade , part of a weekend-long celebration of the animal-costuming hobby.