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.
This does make a lot more sense. Cheers for the prompt response!
It was necessary. My eyebrows were being singed off. It's what happens when I try to rush things.
It's certainly understandable considering how close we are to the con.
AWESOME I SIMPLY CAN NOT WAIT
I'm sort of confused. Standard street shoes are not allowed? There are many, many partial suiters thast don't have feetpaws or such.
That's gonna hinder the attempt a little bit, but I know it's been decided by the Guiness guys.
We had to draw the line somewhere. Obviously a person wearing a set of ears doesn't count. Guinness was a bit iffy on partials to begin with; we had to come to an agreement somewhere in the middle.
I have a broken left foot and it's in a walking cast. The cast matches my suit [both black], but I do not have a paw to put over it.
Does this disqualify me?
I hope the Guinness people grant you an exception
i dont have feet paws but i do wear happyfeet slippers can i still be in the grp shot ?
Yes...Happy Feet slippers count as costume feet.
Wait, this means that I can't be in the photo or the parade? I don't wear feetpaws (I greatly dislike feet), but I always wear boots. Does that disqualifies me? I was also hoping to pose with the flag of my country. That won't be allowed this year either? O.o
You can still be in the picture/parade. You just won't be counted towards the guiness record. At least that was the way I interpretted Kage's word.
Wonderful! This helps a lot.
I might have missed it, but which day is this all taking place? The 4th, 5th, 6th??
The Fursuit Picture and Parade is on the Saturday the 6th.
We'll post announcements on our various social media feeds as the time approaches, too.
Cool! Thanks, Giza!
One more question, will Fursuit Badges be given out the day normal badges are given out, for pre-reg & such (like last year)?
Fursuit badges are not distributed until after opening ceremonies, noon on Friday.
Convention membership badges start being issued on noon on Thursday.
Need some clarification!
The Anthrocon schedule clearly states on Page 23:
Fursuit Parade - Saturday 1.00-2.00p - Exhibit Hall A
The note above says start lining up at 1:00pm with the parade leaving at 2:00pm.
Which is correct? I know I have to wear my suit during the Supersponsor Luncheon, so I want to make sure if I can leave when it's over (at 1:00pm), or 12:30pm, like it has been in previous years.
That listing should really be 'Fursuit Parade Lineup', in Hall A. Lineup begins at 1pm; photo will be taken at exactly 2pm, followed immediately by the parade.
That listing in the schedule definitely needs to be fixed.
It says in the description: "The group photograph will be taken at exactly 1pm."
About fursuit badges handout.
This year I went away from the paper system to an Android app. I hope with this new system that there will never be a large line of people for fursuit badges.
Badges will be handed out in order 50% of stock on Friday, 30% on Saturday and remaining badges on Sunday, hours will be posted.
Since this question gets asked every year: One badge per member, not one badge per fursuit.
There will be some badges handed out on Friday and Saturday nights to allow dealers and artists who also have fursuits to get badges. Hours and location will be posted.
Any questions you may always ask if you are not sure
and remaining badgers on Sunday,
Your slip is showing.
Treasure of Sierra Madre remark redacted....
What better way to say I love you than with the gift of a spatula?
I can't think of any.
Thank you sir, corrected.
If I recall correctly, Guinness often sends out participant certificates to members of world records such as this. Will there be an opportunity to fill out info to receive one?
I'm afraid not. The logistics of recording all the names of participants are just too difficult. We are going to have a matter of seconds to slap a numbered band onto each suit. There's simply no time to take down info.
Quite fair enough! Thanks for the quick response and see you in a couple days!
My dad and 2 sisters and i are going, but is there a map on where to get in line for the parade because we would really like to be in it.
Also if i am correct this is where the con will be located? Pittsburgh at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
for 2014, also how much do you have to pay to get into the anthrocon, or is it free.
Lineup for the Parade will almost certainly be in Hall A of the Convention Center, and information will be given out at registration about when to begin lineup. (This year, from 1:00-1:55pm on Saturday was lineup time, with the parade beginning at 2pm.)
That's the correct location!
Prices for 2014 are not yet set, but we expect prices to begin at $50 for a pre-registered attending membership (that covers all four days of the convention). Day passes are available for $30.