Recap: 30th Annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island [PHOTOS]
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Saved from the brink of disaster, the Mermaid Parade returned to Surf Avenue in Coney Island on Saturday for the thirtieth year. Hurricane Sandy destroyed the headquarters and sideshow which provides much of the income for the event. Luckily more than $117,000 in coin was crowdfunded via Kickstarter to help ensure that the show would go on. From a layman’s perspective, however, one of the only other visible traces of the storm was the new wooden track bedding on the Cyclone.
It was a warm day with a refreshingly cool breeze. The cops and firemen kicked off the festivities, followed by the procession of classic cars, and eventually the floats, brass bands, and costumed participants. Comedian Judah Friedlander was the King Mermaid. All in all, a great time.
Shades of corporate Coney made their public debut on the main drag, as well. While riding on his gas-guzzling steed, Marty Markowitz praised the “world’s most underdressed parade” and also the recently-opened Applebee’s. Yet the dude standing beside us wasn’t too pleased with the restaurant – apparently they were charging $45 to use the bathroom.
Unfortunately we couldn’t score the front car of the Cyclone. We settled for the second.