Friendly bears ‘Lock Down’ a pool party [photos]

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imageVIEW PHOTOS | Atlanta Bear Fest Pool Party @ Courtyard Marriott

The bears were out in force on Sunday for a pool party, basking in the sun and enjoying the fun that was the four-day Atlanta Bear Fest. In event parlance, it was a party on the cell block.

The prison-themed event, hosted by Southern Bears and celebrating the group’s 10th anniversary, enjoyed its largest audience and led organizers to call it the most successful yet.

imageSome 276 people registered, enjoying a full schedule of activities that included pool parties with DJ Eric, vendors, meet and greets, open bar mixers, bingo and cigar smokes. The weekend’s “Lock Down” theme included memos from prison guards about the prisoners.

Gift bags given to participants also played on the event’s Southern roots by providing a can of Royal Crown Cola and a Moon Pie. A door hanger warned of hibernating bears.

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