These pony partiers just couldn’t rein in their enthusiasm!
Thousands of fans of the television show “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” galloped into Park Slope’s sparkling Grand Prospect Hall on Feb. 13 through 15 where attendees say they celebrated their shared love of the pastel-colored animated horses by dressing up as their favorite one.
“I was really happy with the positive reaction my costume got,” said Connecticut native Mike Calzati, who dressed up as beloved character Big Macintosh for the annual convention PonyCon.
Calzati commissioned the big, red costume from an online craftsman for the slew of pony conventions he attends every year — after PonyCon, he will make his way to Baltimore’s BronyCon in July.
Plenty of younger fans showed up to the all-ages convention to watch pony-inspired rockabilly band the Shakeups in Ponyville play musical tributes to the cartoon and sing until they were a little horse.
But the event was mostly dominated by adults who just really love the children’s show about magical ponies. Calzati says he attended with pal and fellow grown-up “brony” Frist. The duo met at a different pony convention two years ago, and their friendship is now appropriately magical, he said.
“I was dressed up as a pony, and he was dressed up as a pony, but we didn’t really talk at first,” said Calzati. “The next time, he noticed me and we started talking and we became friends.”