New Year's Furry Ball

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The New Year's Furry Ball, or NYFB, is an annual event hosted by The Furst State and other local furries in the Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey region of the USA, from December 31 - January 1 each New Year.


2005 and 2006 ("Room Con" in Berlin, NJ)[edit]

Chrono Otter Coon (Chrono) hosted a New Year's party for two years which was playfully dubbed Room Con at his private home in Berlin, New Jersey.[1] The party was followed with a visit to a local restaurant or bowling alley on New Year's Day. There were 23 attendees for the 2005 New Year[2] and 38 attendees in 2006[3]. For the 2006 New Year, Room Con badges were distributed to partygoers.

Chrono intended to officially move the event to a hotel the following year[3], but later announced that he was leaving the area[4]. Tigra began making plans for a replacement New Year's party, before allowing LupineFox to take over[5][6].

Based on a suggestion by Cyril Jackal[7] that some objected to[8] and a compromise suggestion by SomaCat[9] the replacement event was officially named the New Year's Furry Ball.

2007 to 2010 (Quakertown, PA)[edit]

The event was hosted for 3 consecutive years by LupineFox with assistance from SomaCat, SkippyFox, Tigra, LittleWolf, Kung Fu Dave and other locals at the Quakertown Comfort Inn[10].

Several fursuiters at New Year's Furry Ball 2011.

For the first two years the event took place entirely within two suites in the hotel, and not in a hotel's actual meeting space. The third year expanded to six independently run themed room parties throughout the hotel. Attendees received badges made to resemble government passports, and each official party had a unique stamp for attendees to collect on their passports.

For the 2010 New Year, the fourth and final year in Quakertown, the event was organized by Protocollie. There were four con suites next door to each other: registration/raffle, video game room, open bar/dance suite (21+ to enter), pizza/lounge room and one additional open room party serving dinner.

2011 to present (Newark, DE)[edit]

Now organized by Protocollie, Kitt3ns and members of Furst State, the event was moved to the Embassy Suites Newark-Wilmington/South in Newark, Delaware, and utilized actual hotel meeting space instead of individual suites.[11] For the 2011 New Year the event featured music from DJ Protocollie, a Rock Band game area, a buffet-style catered dinner, cash bar and a raffle[12].

Furstivus was held instead of the New Year's Furry Ball for the 2012 New Year. NYFB 2013 returned to the "doomsday proof" Embassy Suites[13] on December 31, 2012 - January 1, 2013.


New Year's Furry Ball 2015 started on December 31, 2014, at 7pm, at the Embassy Suites.[14]


New Year's Furry Ball 2016 started on December 31, 2015, at 5pm, with the ballroom to close at 1am on January 1 with the gaming rooms to "remain open until things calm down."[15] The event was at the Embassy Suites.[16]


New Year's Furry Ball 2017 started on December 31, 2016, at 5 pm, and the ballroom closed at 1am on January 1 with the gaming rooms to "remain open until things calm down."[17] The event was held at the Embassy Suites.


New Year's Furry Ball 2018 theme was "Shipwrecked on a Tropical Island"[18]. The event was held at the Embassy Suites.


New Year's Furry Ball 2019 theme was "Masquerade Ball" and it was held again at the Embassy Suites hotel in Newark, Delaware. This was the first year that NYFB was run by The Furst State's board and a newly selected staff. $298 was raised for the charity Mazzoni Center.[19]


There were 521 attendees[20] and $1031.20 was raised for the Trevor Project.[21]


A virtual livestream was held in lieu of a physical gathering. Events included panels, performances by Fox Amoore and Pepper Coyote, Jackbox, and a stream of the balldrop ceremony.[22] $4,000.69 was raised in donations for the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.[23]


New Year's Furry Ball returned to an in-person event in 2022. The theme was "Roll into the New Year" or tabletop fantasy.[24] There were 564 attendees and $1,029.15 was raised for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance.[25]


New Year's Furry Ball 2023 theme was "Monster Movie Madness." The guest of honor was CooperTom and the charity was The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network. There were 725 attendees and $1,381.13 was raised for the National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network.[26]


  • NYFB 2007 (2006-2007): 55[27]
  • NYFB 2008 (2007-2008): 92[28]
  • NYFB 2009 (2008-2009): 122
  • NYFB 2010 (2009-2010): 115
  • NYFB 2011 (2010-2011): 146
  • Furstivus replaced NYFB for 2011-2012
  • NYFB 2012-2013: 175[29]
  • NYFB 2013-2014: 211[30]
  • NYFB 2014-2015: 289
  • NYFB 2015-2016: 340[31]
  • NYFB 2016-2017: 350[32]
  • NYFB 2017-2018: 340[33]
  • NYFB 2018-2019: 438[19]
  • NYFB 2021-2022: 564
  • NYFB 2022-2023: 725


  1. "RoomCon '05-'06 : The Annual Furry New Years Party!!" on ChronoCoon's LiveJournal
  2. "The long journey to recovery..." on ChronoCoon's LiveJournal
  3. 3.0 3.1 "ROOM CON: 2005-2006 Wrap Up" on ChronoCoon's LiveJournal
  4. "A series of unusual events..." on ChronoCoon's LiveJournal
  5. "Plans for the Holidays" - comments on Lapis Tigra's LiveJournal (currently locked)
  6. "Furry New Year's Eve" on LupineFox's LiveJournal
  7. Comment by cyriljackal in "Name That Party!" on LupineFox's LiveJournal
  8. "We have a name" in LupineFox's LiveJournal
  9. Comment thread in "Sometimes voting doesn't work" on LupineFox's LiveJournal
  10. "2007 Bitches!!!!" on Lapis Tigra's LiveJournal
  11. The New Year's Furry Ball is back and more 2011 than ever before!
  12. "Mission Accomplished" - Posting by Kitt3ns, on his Fur Affinity journal
  13. Hotel on the New Year's Furry Ball 2013 website
  14. New Year's Furry Ball (2014) website, archived 2015 Jan 8 at Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  15. Schedule and Events on the New Years Furry Ball website. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  16. Hotel on the New Years Furry Ball website, archived 2016 Jan 4 at Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  17. Schedule and Events on the New Years Furry Ball website. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  18. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Final count for attendance for #NYFB2019 is 438! We raised $298.00 for our charity Mazzoni Center!" - Tweet by @newyearsfurryball
  20. NYFB Twitter, posted January 1, 2020.
  21. NYFB Twitter, posted January 1, 2020.
  22. NYFB schedule, retrieved November 13, 2020.
  23. NYFB Twitter, posted January 5, 2021.
  24. NYFB Twitter, posted August 4, 2021.
  25. NYFB Twitter, posted January 5, 2022.
  26. [1]
  27. "Furry New Years Ball Recap" in LupineFox's LiveJournal
  28. "New Year's Furry Ball Wrap-up" in LupineFox's LiveJournal
  29. Tweet by Kitt3ns. Dated January 2, 2013
  30. Tweet by Protocollie on his Twitter account. Dated January 1, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  31. Tweet by Sapphykinz
  32. Tweet by @newyearsfurryball
  33. Tweet by @newyearsfurryball

External links[edit]

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