Fursuit Parade and Group Photo Guidelines for 2013: NOW CLARIFIED!
We (meaning the chairman) realized that our (meaning the chairman's) wording on the announcement about the Group Photo and Parade Guidelines left a lot to be desired, being both confusing and in places contradictory, so we (meaning people other than the chairman) have rearranged things into a form that hopefully will clear up any misunderstandings and answer any questions that may have arisen. We (all of us) apologize for any confusion!
The following will be included in every registration bag for all attendees:
FURSUIT BADGE/PHOTO/PARADE GUIDELINES
TO GET A FURSUIT BADGE
The suit must represent an "anthro" character. Character representations of non-anthro characters, human characters, spandex bodysuits do not count. At minimum, a headpiece, hand-paws, and a tail (if applicable by species); if using latex and makeup, it must completely cover exposed surfaces.. Skin must not be visible when the costume is worn, to complete the illusion of an anthropomorphic creature. Remember, we have only a limited number of badges.
TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GROUP PHOTO AND FURSUIT PARADE
Character representations of non-anthro characters, human characters, spandex bodysuits, etc. are politely requested not to join in. Handlers are permitted for suits that require them, and for persons of limited mobility. You must drink at least one full glass of water before joining the parade! This is for your safety, and our sanity. You may begin to line up for the parade in Hall A of the convention center as early as 1:00 PM. The parade itself begins immediately after the group photo is taken, which will be at precisely 2:00 PM. Please allow yourself plenty of time to get there. Remember, the elevators cannot be trusted to get you there on time!
GUIDELINES FOR THE GROUP PHOTO
• Water will be available. Make liberal use of it!
• If you are very tall, please stay to the rear of the group.
• Please line up with toes (or claws) on the blue tape that will be on the floor.
• No showboating! This photo is for everyone, not just for you. Stay with the group.
• Hands must be kept down.
• Handlers, please get out of camera shot while the photo is being taken.
• No flags, signs, or other items that may block the photo are permitted.
• Remember, if you cannot see the camera, it cannot see you.
TO BE INCLUDED IN THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
The following definition of "a complete costume" has been negotiated with GWR: At minimum, a headpiece, hand-paws, foot-paws and a tail (if applicable by species); if using latex and makeup, it must completely cover exposed surfaces. Skin must not be visible when the costume is worn. For all participants, standard street shoes or gloves do not count as part of an acceptable costume. Boots, spats, and other costume footwear may be acceptable if it appears to be part of an integrated costume. Example: boots on a firefighter or cowboy character.
Costumers that meet the requirement will be given a sequentially-numbered armband when entering the room. If you do not meet the GWR guidelines you can still be in the photo. We are required to have the complete group fully-costumed for a minimum of two minutes. Local officials and members of the news media will be present to document the attempt. Once the two minutes is up, you will be guided by rows out of the room to start the parade.