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Save the Coney Island Mermaid from Extinction!

A project in Coney Island, NY by Coney Island USA

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The nation's largest art parade may have been flooded, but it's not washed away!
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Funded: $117,365 of $100,000
Dates: May 7th -> Jun 3rd (28 days)
Project By: Coney Island USA
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Latest News

Mermaid Parade fends off cancellation, takes over Coney Island

June 23rd - via: nydailynews.com
Not even Hurricane Sandy could halt the annual Mermaid Parade. The 31st Coney Island summer kickoff stepped off Saturday on Surf Ave. after an online Kickstarter campaign raised enough funds for organizers to escape an ocean of debt. (Read More)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade Goes On After Fundraising Effort

June 23rd - via: ny1.com
The one-of-a-kind Mermaid Parade attracted an estimated 1 million people to Coney Island Saturday. (Read More)

Reminder: Mermaid Parade Is Today At 1PM

June 22nd - via: gothamist.com
People, you helped save the Mermaid Parade—so head out to Coney Island to enjoy it! The parade, which attracted 750,000 people last year, starts at 1 p.m. at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue (here is the parade route). A Kickstarter campaign helped raise over $117,000 for the parade. And King Neptune is Judah Friedlander and the Queen Mermaid is Carole Radziwill who is getting ready right now! (Read More)

Coney Island mermaids strut on boardwalk despite Superstorm Sandy damage

June 22nd - via: masslive.com
Coney Island nearly went the way of Atlantis when Superstorm Sandy swept up the East Coast last fall, but even that couldn't stop Brooklyn's strutting mermaids from hitting the boardwalk on the first weekend of summer. (Read More)

A Fin Red Line

Coney Island is a jut of boardwalk, concrete, and amusements that brashly brushes up against the Atlantic on the southernmost edge of Brooklyn. For that impudence, Hurricane Sandy shoved five feet of seawater onto the century-old-resort's streets and into its buildings, scuttling small businesses and ousting ground-floor apartment dwellers. About a quarter of those businesses are still rebuilding seven-plus months later. (Read More)

These Crazy Photos Show Why You Should Go To Saturday's Mermaid Parade At Coney Island

June 21st - via: chron.com
The 31st Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade will kick off at 1 PM on Saturday with more nipple tassels, body paint, and elaborate mermaid tails than ever.  A rainbow mermaid wearing a crown is pushed down the boardwalk in some sort of crustacean chariot in 2002. (Read More)

**Last Day to Merm-Aid**

June 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
Y'all have until midnight tonight to keep publicly shaming your friends, family, colleagues, and complete strangers into donating.  Amanda Palmer donation came through this morning...almost 10k! So no we're only 10k away from MUMMERS! Some of the... (Read More)

FLASH FLOOD celebration 6/2 Sunday @2PM

June 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Were you followed? ... Ok. Good. Listen closely. Tomorrow, June 2nd, The Sexcamaids hosting a big lil party to celebrate all of you saving the Mermaid Parade. Some may call it a flash mob, but we prefer the Merm-friendly term FLASH FLOOD. DRESS UP... (Read More)

$125K Dick Zigun Stretch Goal! MUMMERS!!

June 1st - via: kickstarter.com
"Fancy String Bands from the Philadelphia Mummers are the oldest parade tradition in the USA. Blue collar guys in sequins and makeup playing banjos & saxophones. If Brooklyn supports a $125,000 stretch goal I'll find a Mummers band dressed as... (Read More)

Thank You, Merfolk!

May 31st - via: kickstarter.com
(Almost) Officially Not Washed Away!Thanks to the unprecedented support of over 2,370 Merfolk (aka YOU!) the 2013 Mermaid Parade has risen triumphantly from the Atlantic to see another year. It wasn't long ago (23 days, in fact) that the landlubbers... (Read More)

SAVE THE MERMAIDS Kickstarter Reaches $100,000 Goal

May 30th - via: broadwayworld.com
On June 3rd at Midnight, the 27-day $100,000 Kickstarter campaign to save Coney Island's Mermaid Parade will come to a close. On the morning of May 30th, the initial goal was met through small contributions from people around the world. Widespread attention from media, celebrities (Alec Baldwin, Darren Aronofsky, etc.), and, well, everybody has created a veritable flash flood of support for the 30 year old event. (Read More)


May 29th - via: kickstarter.com
MARTY REWARD: The top two contributors to the campaign ride with Brooklyn Borough President and former King Neptune Marty Markowitz in his float at the front of the Mermaid Parade on 6/22!*  Here let the man himself explain: Hope everybody was... (Read More)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade organizers now need only $2,000 to meet Kickstarter goal

May 29th - via: nydailynews.com
Organizers of Brooklyn’s Mermaid Parade are now only about $2,000 shy of reaching their goal and putting on the parade that’s expected to draw as many as 750,000 spectators. The group’s month-long Kickstarter campaign has brought in over $97,000 - all generated from more than 2,200 parade goers. (Read More)

NEW REWARD! Photography field-trip with legendary photography Harvey Stein

May 28th - via: kickstarter.com
Have you ever wanted to see the world through the eyes of a master photographer? Now you can. World renowned photographer, Harvey Stein, is giving 5 people the opportunity to spend the afternoon with him exploring, photographing and learning in Coney... (Read More)

Happy MERmorial Day from Bambi the Mermaid!

May 28th - via: kickstarter.com
Last week! Share with friends, family, the internet, major media outlets, etc. Put your rally tails on y'all!To kick off our last week, here are a few words from Bambi the Mermaid, Queen of the Queen of The Queen of the Mermaids for all time: Thanks... (Read More)

Kickstart some art: Creative projects that need cash

May 28th - via: usatoday.com
In no particular order, here are several ideas that sound worthwhile and offer cool incentives if you donate: (Read More)

NEW REWARD: Limited Edition Signed Prints from The Goon's Eric Powell

May 24th - via: kickstarter.com
New $60 Reward! Limited Edition Signed Prints from The Goon's Eric Powell Yes, Merpeople! Eric Powell, the devious and deviant mind behind The Goon, and Angie Pontani, our very own Miss Cyclone, come together for a limited time only in this signed... (Read More)


May 20th - via: kickstarter.com
March in the Royal EntourageJoin the King, Queen and their Royal Court as they ride at the front of the Parade on June 22nd. You will march alongside letting your Freak Flag fly with some special guests. REAL special. Reward is limited to the first 6... (Read More)


May 17th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

A Whale of an Announcement Coming Friday- For Backer Eyes Only

May 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Now that you're an official Mermaid Parade Savior you get to hear the big news first. And on Friday you shell. Set your watches for uhhhh sometime tomorrow. Also remember to get a ticket to the Amanda Palmer: Mermaid Parade Benefit before it shells... (Read More)

One More Chance For A Frank Kozik Print!

May 14th - via: kickstarter.com
In just one week you've raised over $50,000 to save this year's Mermaid Parade. It's incredible. We have a long way to go, but we're just blown away by the love and support received so far. Thank you, Kickstarter! Thank you, New York! To show our... (Read More)


May 13th - via: kickstarter.com
We are pleased to announce the First Annual MERMAID PARADE PASTIES DESIGN CHALLENGENo not this Pasty though that’d be hard to beat Top three designs will be chosen by popular vote, and then made by hand! You also get a Mermaid Parade Swag Pack and... (Read More)

A Special Message from The World Champion

May 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you Kickstarterarians for the incredible support. We're deeply touched by the love we're received from all over the world, including notoriously landlocked South Dakota! It's important to keep the momentum going, so please continue to SHARE... (Read More)

Don’t Be Shellfish! Coney Island Mermaid Parade Raises 35K With Kickstarter Campaign

May 9th - via: observer.com
Six months ago, Superstorm Sandy left Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade high and dry. Now, parade participants are hoping their new Kickstarter campaign will help them get back on their flippers.When Sandy struck Coney Island last October, it completely flooded the Mermaid Parade’s headquarters on Surf Avenue. With thousands of dollars of damage still in need of repair, the parade’s organizers realized they wouldn’t be able to finance this year’s parade on their own. (Read More)

The Mermaid Parade Kickstarter Needs Your Clams

May 8th - via: gothamist.com
The Mermaid Parade is going to need to raise $100,000 in order for the 30-year Coney Island tradition to continue this summer. That nasty hag Sandy all but swallowed up the eclectic beachside community last October, delivering a thrashing that caused around $400,000 in damages to the parade's organizers, Coney Island USA, which also runs the freak show, a burlesque show, and the Coney Island Museum (Read More)

Organizers To Launch Kickstarter in Hopes Of Saving Mermaid Parade

May 5th - via: newyork.cbslocal.com
Organizers want to stage a Coney Island Mermaid Parade this year, but they have warned it will not happen if they can’t raise the needed funds. News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of NY (Read More)

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