From our Friends Out in Oddsville

June is definitely the month of Oddball parades, and no matter how much I may be crying over missed Pride this year, nothing makes me sadder than being absent (yet again) from the motherfucking Mermaid Parade, the most costumey, tricked out thing to happen to Coney Island since the Warriors, at least. Because I can’t go and regret it like hell, I’m egging you on, with a word from our (erstwhile) sponsors.


Mermaid Parade Call for Volunteers

It’s time to dust off your sea shells and wax those fins!  This year’s Coney Island Mermaid Parade is just around the corner on Saturday, June 20th.  Without volunteers the parade couldn’t stay afloat.

We rely on over 150 volunteers each year to steer the parade into safe harbor.  Volunteer positions include registration, check-in, merchandise, crowd control, wrangling, surveys, holding signs and hustling the crowd.  Volunteers will be handsomely rewarded with generous sunshine (mother nature abiding), salt air, and hilarious company (as well as the much-coveted volunteer t-shirt!).  To register please send a message in a bottle (or just email) Katie & Jesse to request a volunteer form at

What: Coney Island Mermaid Parade

When:  Saturday, June 20, 2009

Where: Volunteer Check-In will be at 21st St & Surf Ave

Volunteer Coordinator: Katie McMahan

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator: Jesse Davis


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 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.

About Coney Island USA:

Coney Island USA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation based in the amusement park area of the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn New York. In existence since 1983, Coney Island USA has developed and produces a number of different programs including some of New York City’s best loved summer programming, such as the Mermaid Parade and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. Coney Island USA also operates the Coney Island Museum and produces Ask the Experts, Burlesque at the Beach, the Coney Island Tattoo and Motorcycle Festival, Creepshow at the Freakshow, and the Coney Island Sideshow School. Coney Island USA also produces the Coney Island Saturday Night Film Series and the Coney Island Film Festival in association with

For more information:

To register to VOLUNTEER:


Mermaid Parade website:

Mermaid Parade Volunteer Facebook page:

To register to MARCH in the Parade:

Coney Island USA:


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