Shenanigans continue. http://dogpatch.press/2017/04/20/false-rumor-rmfc
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No one hates the idea of the parade itself. They hate that it takes hours of standing around in suit before it starts and that immediately afterward they do their best to force you to stand around for the fursuit photo. Non participants hate that it disrupts the conspace and makes doing anything at the con impossible while its happening.
These are problems that could fixed so that everyone could be happy, if only the people running the event werent morons.
And that's why other conventions stopped doing parades. MFF's parade tied up too much of the hotel and caused problems with people trying to get to the front desk. BLFC was restricted from having a parade by their venue because it would impede guest access to multiple parts of the casino/resort.
Kage/AC would rather please the "City" and a tenth of one percent of the population of Allegheny County, at the cost of Anthrocon attendees having an unpleasant convention experience. This isn't "anti-parade" or "anti-creativity", it's acknowledging that the thing has become a logistical nightmare, and that the convention perpetrates this nightmare for no real reason other than it causes TV crews to show up and impresses a very small percentage of the population of Pittsburgh.
If you're over 25 and you show up at a con, you get the "What the hell are YOU doing here look". Hell, I was furry before it was a thing. As young as 5 or 6 most of my 'imaginary friends' were one sort of talking animal or another.