Mermaid Parade in Brooklyn's Coney Island
Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM
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The Mermaid Parade is 2pm Saturday 6/23/12 in Brooklyn's Coney Island,, if you want to meetup with Greg/ FunMeetup (and a few friends/ group members) , call/ text me tomm at 1:35pm at 917-868-4268 as we walk down surf ave to find our viewing spot , and we are meeting at ocean parkway and surf ave at about 1:45pm)
If you want an exact address for mapquest or GPS , use the NY Aquarium on Surf Ave
602 Surf Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11224.
(Surf Avenue & West 8th Street)
or if you are meeting me saturday at 1:35pm
outside of 2915 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11235
((and we'll walk the block to surf ave))
call/ text Greg at 917-868-4268 if questions
Mermaid Parade is Free (OUTSIDE)
Optional things to bring,,, Bring a Camera, Sunglasses , Suntan lotion, Dress COOL, Dress Casual
( a few dollars to buy water?)
By 2pm, if you are not with me, my phone becomes my camera and i don't take calls...
Hopefully you have found me by 1:40pm and you don't lose the group, otherwise be aware that the parade gets alot of people , so it's hard to move around (but it's so much fun, come out and have a great afternoon in coney island !!!)
If you are taking the train, F or Q to the Aquarium stop or D,F,Q or N to Coney Island/stillwell avenue... (and you would be a 10 minute walk from us)
Our Next Brooklyn Cyclones Night is Monday Night July 9th, call or text 917-868-4268 if interested, tickets only $10 while supplies last
Our Next Mets Night, is Mets Fireworks Night at Citifield is July 3rd, tickets only $20 , Mets vs Phillies, call/ text 917-868-4268, while supplies last
Both Games will sell out before event day, JOIN US FOR FUN :)
http://FunMeetupGetaway.com for weekend getaways this summer, limited spots still avail. for July 6th, Mention FunMeetup when booking to get a discount !!!
Below some Mermaid parade FAQ
What day is the Parade?
Saturday, June 23, 2012, rain or shine.
Who is this years King and Queen?
Queen Mermaid - Annabella Sciorra, King Neptune - Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling.
What time does the Parade start?
The Mermaid Parade starts at 2 PM!
What time does the Parade end?
Hard to say, but it usually wraps up at around 5:30 PM or so. Immediately after the last participant passes the review stand, parade founder Dick D. Zigun leads the King and Queen procession up West 10th street to the beach for the opening of the Ocean for the summer swimming season. We hope you'll join the procession. Mermaid Parade winners will be announced at The Mermaid Parade Ball.
Where does the Parade take place?
The Parade will start on West 21st and the Surf Avenue. It will roll East to West 10th Street, the marchers and push pull floats will go to the Boardwalk and march West to 15th Street, where the Parade will disband.
Where’s the best place to watch the Parade?
That’s entirely up to you. Many people like to watch the Parade on the boardwalk, but the boardwalk only features marchers and push-pull floats. Surf Avenue allows viewing of antique cars and motorized floats as well. If you choose to watch the parade on Surf Avenue please understand that crowds are getting as thick as those in Times Square on New Year's Eve and similarly you might find yourself locked into a pen behind steel NYPD barricades unable to leave, breathe or go to the bathroom for a few hours. If you think that you may not want to stay for the entire parade, we recommend that you stand on the North side of Surf (non-beach side), as getting to the subway or crossing Surf can be difficult, due to crowds.
Is it ok to bring kids to the Parade?
The Mermaid Parade is an art parade and is for everyone, just keep in mind that some folks will be dressed as Mermaids and Mermen who, let's face it, aren't historically known for wearing much clothing. That being said, we've always had a ton of kids in the Parade, (even a little girl's Birthday party or two!) but it's
entirely up to you as a parent or guardian to decide what you feel is appropriate for your kids.
What time do I have to get there?
People arrive as early as 11am,, Parade rolls out at 2 PM. You can come as close to 2 PM as you’d like, but be aware that traffic on the Belt Parkway can come to a standstill and that the registration line grows longer, the closer it is to 2 PM. Don’t get crushed by the rush! Noon may be a good time to arrive.
How do I get to Coney Island?
The best way to get to Coney Island is to take the D, F, N or Q subway to Stillwell Avenue. The Coney Island amusement area is also accessible via Exits 6 and 7 on the Belt Parkway.
I’m coming by car. Where’s the best place to park?
Are you nuts? The Mermaid Parade is Coney Island’s busiest day of the year and the traffic is terrible. Having said that, the New York Aquarium and MCU Park both have parking lots, and there are a number of private lots between Surf and Neptune Avenues and West 8th Streets and West 17th Streets. Coney Island USA strongly encourages people to make use of the mass transit system.
I’m coming from Manhattan. How much is a taxi from Midtown?
More than $40. You’re better off taking the subway.
I’m coming in from out of town and need an address for GPS directions. What should I use?
For Coney Island in general, you can use 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224, for the Registration area you can use the intersection of West 21st Street and Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224.
Where is the Judges Reviewing Stand?
It is on W. 10th St. in front of the Cyclone, across from Luna Park. At this location you can hear parade commentary from our MC, Chris T (from WFMU and Sirius XM) and his sidekick Richard Eagan.
What's this about bribing the judges review stand on W. 10th Street?
Our Judges are paradigms of fine jurisprudence, and as such actively discourage all bribes. Having said that, in year's past there have been isolated incidences of bribery. And coincidentally it seems many of those proffering the best bribes seems to often go home with the top awards. And it is also a coincidence that many of those awards appear to be a bit greasy -- this clearly being a function of the culinary delights of Coney rather than some kind of metaphorical greasy palm. And while our Judges certainly prefer a handmade objet d'art, they never turn their nose at a delicious baked good or a fine bottle of whiskey.
And we're only supplying this info as a "fun fact" -- it is in no way a solicitation. And observers have noted that while the judges stand is often well equipped with bottles, it seems to often be short of cups and ice. Again just another factoid to share. Finally, the many young people on the reviewing stand certainly enjoy candy, toys, noisemakers and other joyous items.
I'm building a float that's a 1:1 model of the Parachute Jump. Will I have clearance to march it on the street?
According to many-time Queen Mermaid Kate Dale, dimensions for floats should follow these rules of thumb:
The narrower of the ramps is 8' wide to the inside of the rail, but no more than 6' of width is recommended and 5'6" would be preferable.
The hard cut off is approx 9'6" or so. A wire across 10th Street Ramp is 10' off ground, but with slope, clearance is less than that.
The steeper of the ramps is approximately 5" to 1' incline, so people should prepare for that in terms of weight and tippage.
Conditions change, so it's always best to walk the route with a tape measure yourself.
Antique cars and motorized floats. What's the registration process and route?
Antique cars and motorized floats register at West 19th Street and Surf Avenue and roll east during the parade.
Antique Cars will drive down Surf Ave. past 10th Street and then depart along Surf Ave.
Motorized Floats will roll down Surf Ave., then park on West 10th Street between Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk.
As with last year, the following restrictions are in place:
1) all cars must show proof of insurance
3) No one may burn rubber or spin tires. This comes directly from the Police. Please do not burn rubber or spin tires, or you will be taken out of line and issues a summons. That's a bad way to end a good day.
3) No one is permitted to ride on the hood of a vehicle or in a trunk. Sorry. Again, straight from the police.
4) No one is permitted to drink alcohol in a motorized float.
I want to bring my dog/cat/other pet to the Parade. Is that ok?
Coney Island USA does not have a policy regarding animals in the Parade. However, asphalt does get hot, which can be ouchy on the pads of little canine/feline feet. Please keep that in mind if you are thinking about bringing your furry friends. Please also remember that dogs aren’t allowed on the beach. Don't ask us why...we don't make those rules.
I'm not a part of a group, marching band etc., just an individual who wants to march in the parade, is there a place for me?
Of course! You don't need to be a member of a group to be in the parade, just register yourself in the appropiate category.
How do I volunteer for the parade?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you.
Who puts on the Parade?
We do! Coney Island USA the resident not for profit arts center in Coney Island. We are headquartered at 1208 Surf Ave between West 12th street and Stillwell Ave. You can help support the parade by supporting all of our programs throughout the year, buying merchandise at our giftshop, having a beer, soda or bottled water at the Freak Bar! And another great way to show your appreciation is to become a member of Coney Island USA! Memberships start at only $35 and include free admission to the sideshow and museum!
I want to buy a Mermaid Parade T-shirt day of. How do I do that?
Coney Island USA staff and volunteers will be selling Mermaid Parade t-shirts and other items at sales tables on West 10th, West 12th and Stillwell Avenue. T-shirts will also available from roving vendors along Surf Avenue and at our new and expanded gift shop at 1208 Surf Avenue!
Don’t buy bootleg merchandise or shirts that say Mermaid Day, Mermaid Parade Day or an other variable! This only lines the pockets of individuals who are exploiting the Parade for their personal gain. The Parade is an expensive one to put on and we'd appreciate it if you would buy our official merchandise. Our T - Shirts say The Mermaid Parade with a small TM (Trademark logo).
What’s the deal with taking pictures of the Parade. How can I arrange that?
Anyone can take pictures of the parade from the sidewalk as it goes by on the street. If you want to take pictures of the staging area on West 21st Street, you will be charged $5 per camera to enter the staging area. If you are Working Press with an NYPD Press Pass, you can enter the West 21st Street staging area for free.
There is also a Press Pen across from the reviewing stand on Surf Avenue that will open at around 1:30 PM.
You do not have to make reservations to take pictures on West 21st Street. You just have to pay $5 per camera.
Can I get a Press Pass that gives me special access to cover the Parade?
No, we do not issue special press passes. The NYPD handles press passes for members of the media. Click here for info.
I'm going to stand in the street in front of the reviewing stand and take pictures or video because I'm very important and I don't care what anyone says. I might also stand in the middle of the route and take pictures or video and hold up the Parade. What do you think about that?
It's a free country and you can do what you want. But if you obstruct the Parade or the view from the reviewing stand, we will bodily remove you. We're running a parade and don't have time to think about your portfolio, your video project or how expensive your camera is.
I have a lot of photos of the Mermaid Parade and am thinking of doing a book about the Parade. Who do I talk to about that?
You would need to talk to Coney Island USA. The Mermaid Parade is a property of Coney Island USA, and use of the name is forbidden without expressed, written consent of Coney Island USA.
Furthermore, we are required by law to protect the trademark. We know that people love the parade, and we appreciate it, but showing love for the parade by trying to make a buck on it is bad karma and will cost everyone a lot more in legal bills than they will want to pay.
I sell products that your patrons might like. How do I find out about setting up my own sales table?
Coney Island USA does not provide space for outside vendors during the Mermaid Parade; it’s a parade, not a street fair, which is one of the reasons why the community board likes us so much!
Vendors wishing to set up tables on the boardwalk must contact the Parks Department, which is responsible for licensing all concessions on Parks Department property; vendors wishing to set up tables on sidewalks must contact the individual property owners and have a sidewalk vending permit.
Please do not think about setting up in front of our building on Surf Avenue and West 12th Street! Thank you.
View Mermaid Parade Route in a larger map
* The Parade will start at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue
* The Parade will roll east to West 10th Street
* at West 10th Street the Parade will turn south towards the boardwalk
* cars and motorized floats can park on West 10th Street
* At the Boardwalk, the marchers and push-pull floats will turn west and head towards West 15th Street.
* At West 15th Street, the Parade will disband
PUSH PULL FLOATS AND MARCHERS will register at Surf Avenue and West 21st Street.
MOTORIZED FLOATS AND ANTIQUE CARS will register at Surf Ave. Side at West 19th and West 20th street.
Because West 21st Street is much narrower than our old staging area (West 10th Street), you will NO LONGER be able to PULL YOUR TRUCK OR VEHICLE to unload materials for assembling your push-pull cart or costume. But, DON’T WORRY- you will be able to assemble your cart in a secure location with vehicle access on Surf Avenue between West 21st and West 22nd Street. You may then push you cart onto West 21st Street.
About The Mermaid Parade
A completely original creation of Coney Island USA, the Mermaid Parade is the nation's largest art parade and one of New York City's greatest summer events. The parade is proud to have some incredible sponsors. Click here for answers to common questions.
Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, the not-for-profit arts organization that also produces the Coney island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island's forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island.
The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression. The Parade is characterized by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, Coney Island post card or amusement ride, as well as antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and the odd yacht pulled on flatbed.
Each year, a different celebrity King Neptune and Queen Mermaid rule over the proceedings, riding in the Parade and assisting in the opening of the Ocean for the summer swimming season by marching down the Beach from the Boardwalk, cutting through Ribbons representing the seasons, and tossing fruit into the Atlantic to appease the Sea Gods. In the past, David Byrne, Queen Latifah, Ron Kuby, Curtis Sliwa, Moby, David Johansen, Harvey Keitel, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed have graced our shores, presiding over the assembled masses.
The Parade is followed by the Mermaid Parade Ball, (There is a charge for the ball, we are not going this year) a post-parade gathering where costumed parade participants can get together with each other and parade spectators to listen to live music, purchase raffle tickets, and watch burlesque and sideshow acts performed by some of New York City's hottest burlesque stars.
Come on out and join us on one of Coney Island's best days of the summer! We can't wait to see you there!