Do you have Valentine’s Day plans yet? Well, cancel them, because the people-watching event of the season is alighting in Brooklyn from February 14 to the 16. New York City’s third annual Ponycon, the festival that celebrates My Little Pony and the people who love them, will be landing at St. Francis College in Downtown Brooklyn for three whole days of earnest discussions about Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie. That’s correct: The bronies are coming.
For those who are not versed in the whole “bronies” phenomenon, yes, that is a portmanteau of “bros” and “ponies” and yes, it is real. The debut of 2010’s animated “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” sparked a huge following of mostly male, adult fans for the toys designed for little girls. They are many, and they are vocal. There are fan forums, Tumblrs, and news sites. And they have more than one convention. This upcoming Ponycon is not related to BronyCon, which is scheduled for August this year in Baltimore. (For a look inside that convention, check out this 2012 piece from Jezebel).
“People were genuinely drawn to the creativity of the show’s writing and music but, more importantly, the theme “friendship is magic” struck a chord in these guys,” Ponycon organizer Bill Crumlic explained to DNA Info. “It’s a lesson in learning how to be friends, how to be bros.”
So no doubt there will be a showing of the bronies, and some more hardcore collectors. But there are also activities designed with the younger set in mind:a tea party with the character Flying Liberty, a dress-up party, and games. For the older set, there are panel discussions on learning how to draw My Little Pony characters and writing My Little Pony fan fiction. Fun for all ages!
The convention will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on all three days, $35 for one day for adults and $15 for one day for kids. See you there? It would be a great first date.