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Mermaid Parade 2011. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/20801313@N00/5853908251.

Mermaid Parade 2011. Photo via Flickr by Bob Jagendorf

This year, the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade is in trouble. The Coney Island Museum and performance space, the parade’s main sources of funding, were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, and now the parade needs $100,000–well outside its budget–or else the tradition may go extinct. The annual Mermaid Parade is the largest free art parade in America. Every summer, for the past 30 years, the Mermaid Parade has served as a celebration of art and creativity in New York. It is an occasion for artists and “weirdos” to express themselves through costumes and floats inspired by mythology and “honky-tonk” seaside rituals, marching together down Surf Avenue, Mermaid Avenue and Neptune Avenue for all to see.

Squids at the Mermaid Parade in 2004. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/67694608@N00/606889953.

Squids at the Mermaid Parade in 2004. Source via Flickr by Judley

You can help save the Mermaid Parade by donating on Kickstarter before June 3rd, 2013. And don’t forget to come to the Parade–as a mermaid or a spectator–this summer, on June 23rd.

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