Posted in NYC on May 2, 2013

Mermaid Parade 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Mermaid Parade

Dear Friends of the Mermaid Parade:

I have two important announcements for you today:

1) Registration for this year's Mermaid Parade is now open. Click here to register.

2) We do not know whether there will be a Mermaid Parade this year.

Don't panic just yet-we have a plan. But first I want you to understand where we are and what we're up against.

Our first parade back in 1983 had more participants than onlookers. It is because of you-whether you've been marching for years or are joining us for your maiden voyage-that the Mermaid Parade has grown into the largest arts parade in the country.

A Free Parade is Expensive

This year we face unprecedented challenges. As the crowds have grown over the past years, the city has begun imposing new regulations and restrictions that have sharply increased the cost of the event. On top of that, Hurricane Sandy, that malevolent sorceress, wreaked havoc on the Coney Island community. We as an organization, like many others, are still recovering from the damage. What this all means is that the Mermaid Parade now has a budget shortfall of $100,000. This is an impossible gap for a tiny non-profit arts organization like ours.

The Plan

On May 7th , we'll be launching a "Save the Mermaid Parade" Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 for the Parade. We'll be actively updating our website and sending out news and information as the campaign to "Save the Mermaid Parade" progresses.

Next week you will receive a link to our Kickstarter campaign. Once you have it, please spread the word. If we don't meet our funding goal, there'll be no parade.

Registration this year is more important than ever before, but we also need to ask for even more from you to preserve our beloved cultural institution. Be advocates. This is your parade - get on your bullhorns!

Dick Zigun
Founder & Artistic Director
Coney Island USA



Comments (21)

Appreciate the work these people have put into it and really love the Coney Island USA organization... but why does it cost 100,000 bucks to put on a parade?

Seriously, shouldn't the city just eat the cost of the police overtime or whatever the expenses are? This is the kind of parade that should just be announced in a press release and everyone who wants to be in it just shows up and marches. Boom, done, no costs to the organizers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:05 AM

chix w/ gutz

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:22 AM

I realize I shouldn't hate Zigun and this parade and the freakshow for the suburbanization of Coney, but it's hard not to. They were in first, and nothing but bad has come to Coney since they came. Like the first wave of gentrifiers, I will always associate Zigun and his fake art school freaks as the beginning of Coney becoming a mall for middle class people.

So... fuck the Mermaid Parade.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:25 AM

If this parade goes away I have no idea where I am going to get my horrible tits fix.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:26 AM

Wow. What would NY do without this? Keep on living happily?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:31 AM

mermaid parade is lame and always was

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:44 AM

Fuck you guys. Seriously. Fuck you. Mermaid Parade is amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:59 AM

This is bullshit. Blatant cash grab.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 11:01 AM

You all lust after her taut, curvaceous, body, but you cannot conceive of grasping her thoughts. Like a pack of drooling dogs, the lot of you. The only thing I have to say to you all is that you will NEVER possess Nina Kraviz.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 11:02 AM

Check out the new music video from Man & Waif!

Posted by Nuni | May 2, 2013 11:37 AM

10:59 is from the suburbs.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 12:12 PM

The ugliest group of women gathered together in one place thats ever been seen.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 5:20 PM

Someone misplaced a hundred grand and you want good middle-class folks like myself to pony up for another hundred grand? That's about as likely as seeing a real mermaid.

Posted by Regular reader | May 2, 2013 5:46 PM

Now they acn all stay home watch sex in the city on blu ray and girls on their ipad at the same time. smoke some dust and it's just like being there for the real thing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 12:21 AM

I blame the old women who expose themselves in public for the demise of the mermaid parade. There are many very good reasons for laws against going outside looking like that. Think of the children. Do you want to scar them for life? With a name like Dick Zigun, you might.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 12:24 AM

Mermaids are the sirens of the sea... Singing me sweet melodies about the wonders of hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 4:54 AM

The ugliest group of women gathered together in one place thats ever been seen.

Posted by sarah | May 4, 2013 4:41 PM

5:20/ 4:41

Actually by far the ugliest gathering of women in one place would be your mother and all your female relatives.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2013 5:44 PM

In response to the blatant cash grab idiocy, the Kickstarter will explain what the 100 grand costs are on Tuesday.

And obviously many of you hot studs have never been to the parade, if all you base what the women look like, is what you see in posted Mermaid Parade pictures. There are hundreds of drop dead gorgeous women participating, that none of you would ever stand a chance with!

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2013 4:22 PM

What a great flashback.

Posted by Lindsey | May 13, 2013 5:15 AM

Totally randomly fast forwarded to that spot and there was the infamous Sucka Pants.

Posted by Cayeton | September 28, 2014 3:59 PM

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