Fursuit Parade - IMPORTANT STUFF
With Anthrocon 2012 around the corner, and the news that we have 3697 pre-registered attendees (WHERE ARE YOU ALL COMING FROM?!?!), we have to give some basic information about the fursuit parade.
I cannot stress this information enough, so PLEASE....tell anyone who may be entering the parade to come read this information. It's VERY VERY important.
First: The photo is being taken BEFORE the parade starts. We start the lineup in Hall A..that is the big exhibit hall on the opposite side of the convention center walkway..at 1pm. The parade starts at 2pm. I know a lot of people think that is enough time to get to the photo...IT REALLY IS NOT. Remember that the elevators are going to be running almost non stop starting about 12:45 with folks trying to get up to their rooms to change, and back down to the DLCC for the parade. They are going to be BUSY. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE...try to get to Exhibit Hall A no later than 1:15pm. I know it seems like a long time to hang out for it to start...but we really do need that time so that everyone can make it in. If you wait until 1:30 to get to the elevators..you stand a VERY good chance of missing the photo op. I cannot stress this enough....you MUST plan on being at Exhibit Hall A...by 1:15pm to ensure that you will be in the parade photo op. Just hang out and talk to people for a while.
Second: The lineup for the photo op. The photograph will be overlooking all of Exhibit hall A. You do not need to push far forward to be seen in the photo. In fact, may of the spots inthe back of the photo will be MORE visible than the ones close to the front or in the middle. You can spread out and back quite far and be EASILY seen. Taller suits, or those with larger ears or things that may obstruct other costumes...should please try to stay towards the back of the photo. I promise you..we CAN see you. But it really is crushing to someone who is there for the first time. and really wanting to be seen in this photo...to be obscured by someone reaching up and blocking them out. If you can't see the camera, it can't see you. If you can see the camera, it CAN see you. Also there will be areas that are pre-designated for specific fursuiters. These are our special guests and their escorts or support staff or the parade lead. Please be courteous and do not try to stand in their places. Some are being flown in from other nations at significant expense to the convention to entertain you..and we'd like to recognize their accomplishments by having them in a specific place in the photograph.
Third: We will be walking 2x2 in the parade. So if you have a partner that you wish to walk with..please choose that partner and try to arrive together or stand next to one another in the photo lineup. The parade MUST keep moving, so try not to bring anything with you that will slow you down.
Fourth: This is most important! Last year we had 853 fursuiters in the parade. This year, with our pre-registered numbers...we are anticipating at least 900 fursuiters....with a distinct possibility that we can exceed 999 participants. (That number doesn't exist yet...so don't even mention it until it does!) This is going to cause significant strain on the cooling facilities and water alloation. We are working on some viable options. As a good rule though...please hydrate yourself BEFORE the parade...this will help you feel better at the end of the parade. If you feel ill or need assistance during the parade...when you get to a Dorsai (our security in the red shirts)...tell them you need help RIGHT AWAY. Do not try to "muddle through". We can get you to a pre determined area to let you remove your costume head and get some water right away. Your health and satefy is PARAMOUNT to us...so please...don't think it's uncool or wimpy to let someone know you need to exit the parade. I would much rather you get leave the parade and feel better...than get really sick and risk missing more of the convention.
Fifth: When the parade ends....there will be a LARGE number of people that will be trying to use the elevators right away. This is going to cause backlog and congestion. It's not avoidable. So you may want to think about your post parade plans right now. There will be may events happening after tha parade...lots of space for photos...and lots of people to meet. So you need not rush right to the elevators. There will be a great concert happening in the Main Ballroom at 4pm...so if you would like to hang around in suit for a bit...you can enjoy some music and fun! But also realize..the headless zone will more than likely be filled to capacity...so you should not plan to be there for very long..if you can even make it there at all. Almost all event space in the DLCC is spoken for after 3:30pm....so please be respectful of those who will be hosting panels and events.
This is going to be a record year...with a lot of fun to be had. So let's make certain that everyone is reaady and in the right place at the right time....so that we have the best possible parade we can!