Horsing around: Thousands of ‘My Little Pony’ fans party in Park Slope

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Right on: Susan Morgenlander and Jimmy lock horns at PonyCon.
Friendship truly is magic: Mike and Frist first bonded over their mutual love of ‘My Little Pony’ at a convention two years ago — and the pony-powered pals are still going strong!
Ponycore: Hardcore ‘My Little Pony’ fans such as Amanda here went all out with the pony-inspired regalia — which went great with the ornate decor at the Grand Prospect Hall.
Plush ponies: Ponies of every color popped up at the Ponycon — and some of them brought their television voice actors with them!
Pony friends: My Little Pony fanatics got all dressed up for the pony party at Grand Prospect Hall over the weekend.
Pony songs: Pony-loving rock group the Shakeups in Ponyville performed entertained younger fans.

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.”

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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