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Para Con descends on Pensacola

Pensacola’s fifth annual Para Con, this year featuring guests like Lou Ferrigno and C. Thomas Howell, is right around the corner.

The convention celebrates a variety of genres and interests like sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, costuming, anime and many others. Other guests include stars of Baywatch, Power Rangers, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, and many more!

The event starts on Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Pensacola Fair Grounds Expo Hall. Gates open at 9:30 am for the VIP and 10 am for general admission and the event will end at 6 pm. At 8 pm the “Geek Rock Revolution” starts at Vinyl Music Hall. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.

Sunday, Aug. 10, wraps up Para Con. Gates open again at 9:30 am for the VIP and 10 am for general admission. This is the last day, so make it count!

There are a variety of different packages available at for purchase that include t-shirts, bags, event tickets and party bus tickets. General admission tickets are also available at the doors on Saturday and Sunday.

A portion of the money raised will go to EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless (ECOH), Special Olympics Florida, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC), Arc Gateway and Ronald McDonald House. Also the Epilepsy Foundation Florida will have a stand inside taking donations.

This year Para Con will stand out from all the other years. Event organizer Ericka Boussarhane said this year they have more celebrities than they have ever had before. Many of the celebrities are very well-known.

“This year focuses on the inner hero,” said Boussarhane. “Two of our guests are hearing impaired and several of the guests have children with autism. The focus to let everyone know that despite how you’re born, you are a superhero.”

Make sure not to miss this action-filled event. For more information on Para Con visit