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Crowds dress up for ConnectiCon this weekend

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ConnectiCon runs all weekend (WFSB) ConnectiCon runs all weekend (WFSB)

Heroes, villains, cuddly cartoons and even dragons will be showing up in Hartford this weekend.

The 12th annual ConnectiCon is happening at the Convention Center, right across the street from Riverfest.

About 13,000 people are expected to turn out this weekend to enjoy the games, the comics and the costumes.

ConnectiCon has come a long way. What started as a University of Hartford project has grown into one of the largest costume and video game conventions on the east coast, and the biggest convention of any kind in Hartford.

“We couldn't do it without Hartford and Hartford is there for us,” said Kristen Benedict, director of Programming.

The all-encompassing gathering is happening on the same weekend of the annual ComiCon in SanDiego, but Hartford attendees said ConnectiCon separates itself with a more down-to-earth feel.

“It's an everything convention. Anime, books, video games, science fiction, fantasy, comics,” said “The Doctor” from Dr. Who. “It's for the industry, it's for the pop culture industry. This con is for the fans. By the fans, for the fans.”

Each year the convention grows by about 1,000 people who come from far and wide to play in video game tournaments, test out brand new games shipped from overseas, meet celebrities and learn behind-the-scenes secrets at special panels.

The first things to see before stepping foot inside are the elaborate costumes.

Like anything else, ConnectiCon goes through fashion trends, and this year attendees said Steven Universe, Legend of Cora and Star Wars is popular.

The 13,000 attendees are expected to shell out hundreds of dollars this weekend, with many staying at local hotels.

ConnectiCon runs Thursday until Midnight, Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.   

Ticket prices are $75 for the whole weekend while its $40 for Friday, $50 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday.

For more information on ConnectiCon, click here.

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