Coney Island Mermaid Parade - PHOTOBLOG

Coney Island, like many other seaside communities in the Tri-State area, was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. For a second there it looked like the 30th anniversary of this artistic pride parade was going to be called off and though they were promised it could be held the following year with support from the city, the outlook did not seem good. That was until Coney Island, USA turned to Kickstarter. With the steep goal of $100K, the artists, sea lovers, and community activists were casting their line about as far as it would go, and thankfully, the (mer-)people responded. With over 2,400 backers to this parade, and none of them donating in the top three donation tiers, most of the money came in smaller amounts from everyday people who wanted to support this time honored tradition. At the parade, volunteers carried banners thanking those who donated to save the day of fun in the sun, filled with flippers and mer-puns. Check out some of the good time from this years parade:

All photos by Timothy Dillon
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