Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Friday, May 10, 2013

On Mermaid Retention

Back when we lived in Brooklyn, Steve and I made it a point to never miss the annual Mermaid Parade, which we considered a kind of warmup to the Greenwich Village Hallowe'en Parade. Lots of fun and silliness (how could it be otherwise when it was coordinated by the Coney Island Hysterical Society, of which I was a member?), and a great way to celebrate the wonderful history of the place, even if you aren't particularly into performance art (which I'm not, as a rule).

So I was saddened to read this morning on Neil Gaiman's Tumbler blog how the Parade might not happen this year, for the first time in three decades. The main culprit, aside from the Parade having grown too successful making logistics trickier (am I actually a hipster that I attended way back before it got that crowded?), appears to be the lasting damage from Hurricane Sandy, which pretty much destroyed the Parade's main money generator, their museum and performance space. If you like this sort of thing and are so inclined, you might want to throw a few shekels into their Kickstarter. Their goal is $100,000 by the beginning of June, and so far they've only raised around $30,000, but they do have the Gsiman/Palmer Bump so maybe that'll make a difference.