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‘Brony’ convention in Tampa will be larger this summer

TAMPA — There are plenty of “bronies” out there, and apparently they’re quite interested in getting together to share their love for magical cartoon ponies.

Organizers of the Grand Brony Gala announced that the convention is moving into a larger venue and adding two more days of events for its second year, based on the success of last year’s event in Tampa.

Bronies, a nickname that’s a mash-up of “bro” and “pony,” are the teen and adult male fans of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” a cable cartoon show originally aimed at prepubescent girls. Women fans are sometimes called “pegasisters.”

The three-day convention, which aims to appeal to fans of all ages, will be held Aug. 15 to 17 at the Embassy Suites USF. While Brony conventions are becoming more common around the country, the Grand Brony Gala is the only one in the Southeast, organizers said.

Special guests will include Cathy Weseluck, who voices Spike, Mayor Mare and Coco Pommel on the show. The event also includes a dance with a live band, a “rave” and the formal Grand Galloping Gala.

A weekend pass with a ticket to the gala is $65 through the Grand Brony Gala website. Single day tickets range from $20 to $30.

A portion of the convention’s proceeds will go to All Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network.

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