Help Keep the Coney Island Mermaid Parade Alive!
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“A year without the Mermaid Parade is a year without summertime.” Truth.
The above quote was lifted from the Kickstarter video pitch thrown together to help save the thirty-year-old seaside institution. As it stands, the awesomely vibrant annual event is scheduled for June 22, but its life is in certain jeopardy.
We have Hurricane Sandy to thank for the troubles. That bitch rolled through and decimated the Coney Island museum and performance space at 1208 Surf Avenue. Coney Island USA reportedly relies on revenues from the popular sideshow and gift shop to help fund the Mermaid Parade each year. The cost of the free parade, which attracts some 750,000 spectators, runs over $100,000. So the organizers – and community – need all the help they can get. Go here to contribute.
Kickstarter money raised will benefit the following:
- Logistical parade management
- Permits and security
- Supplies and consumables
- Staff uniforms
- Food for staff, volunteers, and security
- Event staff