Fans, many dressed in gym clothes and bathrobes, were greeted by over 54 actors from the 1999-2007 show, including Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts); Vincent Pastore (Great P —-); and Kathrine Narducci, (Charmaine Bucco), reported NorthJersey.com.
A large mural of series star James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) hangs over the convention and her widow, Deborah Lin, paid tribute to her late husband, who died of a heart attack at age 51 in 2013.
"It's impressive," said Lin NJ.com. "We're really excited. The fans are very generous. They say it's a community. It's good to see that everyone cares and is passionate about something they recognize. I hope it continues for another 20 years."
Gandolfini's son Michael is to play young Tony Soprano in a prequel movie set for next September, titled "The Many Saints of Newark."
“It's not about beating, not beating, not mobsters, not card games. It's about when Tony comes home and A.J. had a bad report card. It's about everyday life, "said Drew Jones, who was wearing a gold coat, who came from Chicago for the convention. NorthJersey.com. "It's about the banal of life."
The convention was started by three fans: Joe Fama, Danny Trader and Michael Mota.
"This event will be an experience that no real fan will want to miss," said Fama WBOC-TV from Salisbury, Maryland, in August. “We spent years designing scenarios, exhibitions and more for this event. Surely there will be something for everyone.
The convention ends on Sunday.