I can't believe it already time for the Mermaid Day Parade 2013!
This years event will be extra special since Super Storm Sandy (That B*tch) threatened to put an end to the glittery spectacle that is our beloved Mermaid Day Parade. Coney Island took a beating in the storm, but as a New Yorker she's tough and fighting to bounce back better than ever. Just last month, Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs reopened with a NEW clam bar! The New York Aquarium opened half of their facility with a NEW shark tank in the works for 2016. Of course it should be said there is a lot more work do be done but for now, lets just focus on the positives. The parade goes on!!! The parade was threatened by loss of funds due to the damage to the historical museum and performance space which generates the money needed to put on the parade. After all a parade which attracts about 750,000 requires a lot of work and a lot of $$$! To make a long story short, the mermaid started a Kickstarter fund (we can only assume from their waterproof laptops) and in a little less than a months time raised over $100k from over 2,468 backers to reach their goal and put the Mermaid Day Parade back on track!
Now that we know it is officially happening it is time to decide on what to wear! Fins! Scales! TENTACLES!... Oh my! I recommend a trip to House of Spandex on 38th Street between 7th & 8th Aves for inspiration. You are not going to believe your eyes when you step into this 2 floor heaven of wall to wall stretch fabric. They have spandex netting which is great since full on spandex might not be weather appropriate. As always with the Mermaid Parade, "Less is more". Don't worry about being underdressed because it is impossible. Of course if riding the subway to the parade I would suggest a shawl to cover with or just travel in a sea-friendly pack.
I'm toying with a Victorian ghost mermaid theme this year. Check out my inspiration photos!
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