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  • Joe A.

    It's official, most pics ever taken (and posted) at any one single event here at South Jersey Photography Group.

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Jay

      I was thinking of uploading few more too :(

      August 12, 2013

    • Joe A.

      Well it looks like 40 spots left for who ever gets there first. Hurry up though I was thinking of posting more too ;)

      August 12, 2013

  • Joe A.

    Wow! So many amazing pics from this event! This is exactly what a photo meetup is about. Im so happy to see this kind of volume from an event and some real qualiy work to boot. Thanks again to the members who made the effort to get all the way to Coney Island. You guys and gals are amazing!

    2 · June 29, 2013

  • Elaine W.

    Jay, filled my tank for $3.25/gallon

    June 23, 2013

    • Jay

      Never saw so pricey CITGO before :(

      June 23, 2013

  • Bruce

    Awesome!

    June 23, 2013

  • Jay

    Awesome event, gorgeous people, colorful costumes. It is definitely the best.

    June 23, 2013

  • Walt

    June 23, 2013

  • Bujor

    New York, Brooklyn, Coney Island - The Mermaid Parade: a truly unique experience... I remembered the story behind this nickname "The Big Apple"... What a lovely place! What a lovely nation!

    June 22, 2013

  • Fred

    Without a doubt... one heck of a memorable event! Gorgeous weather, great location, & tons of fun...

    June 22, 2013

  • Mark

    Definitely a memorable meetup

    June 22, 2013

  • Elaine W.

    This parade is in it's own class and for the free spirited.

    June 22, 2013

  • Joe A.

    Best meetup this year. What a beautiful day at Coney Island. Amazing pics and amazing fun. Can't wait till next year!

    June 22, 2013

  • Walt

    What a great day ...weather was great ....photo ops were eveyrwhere

    June 22, 2013

  • Joe A.

    So here we go the time is near. The Mermaid Parade that almost was not, will be. I can't wait for this one. I know it's going to be special. So to the lucky ones that can make it there this is what we have so far. The Photo passed are available online or at the table on 20th street. They have gone up in price from last years $5 to $20. Yes I know that's a big jump but its worth it. The parade starts at 1:00 so why get there so early? The staging area is where you get to meet and photograph the crazy people that will be in the parade. This area is more fun than the parade if you ask me. You will have to control your shutter finger in the staging area or you will use up your memory cards and have nothing for the parade. It's hard, trust me. So, be there at 9:00AM if you are on your own. Passes do sell out so the online thing is not a bad idea. Here is the web site. http://shop.coneyisland.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=5076

    I got mine for a will call pickup. You can use a credi

    June 19, 2013

  • Bruce

    Are thers any furthdr thoughts on transportation?

    June 19, 2013

    • Mark

      So far I've only 3 or 4 people who rsvp'd have actually confirmed. We were going to use part of tonights coffee to finalize things. I'll be in touch tonight or tomorrow with details

      June 19, 2013

  • Elaine W.

    Joe, please go over the coordinates i.e. time and place to meet you Saturday morning. thanks

    June 19, 2013

  • Joe A.

    Sad to see so many have dropped out of going. Trust me when you see the pics we get from this event you will wish you went. There is a reason why over a 1/4 million people show up for this every year. I also expect even more will come this year to show Sandy was not enough to keep it from happening. This is Coney Island saying nothing can stop them. This is my personal favorite event of the year and there is no way I would miss it. For those who are still going I guarantee you will take more pics than you ever have before at an event. To those not going, at least it will give your camera a rest.

    June 16, 2013

  • Bruce

    I'm still interested. I can sit 4 - trunk space could be a limiting factor.

    June 12, 2013

  • Mark

    I want to start discussing/figuring out transportation for this meetup. We've had a lot of people RSVP for this event, but we know from experience not everyone will go. Joe says we HAVE to be there by a certain time, so if we carpool (and know who's in each pool) it's easier to figure out who we're waiting for vs. waiting for a person who's not coming. To start things off... if you're 75% + sure you're going to this event please respond to this post. If you're planning on going, have larger than a 2 seat car, and don't mind driving other people (either to Hamilton or Hoboken) also include that in your response. Finally, if you already know you're traveling with someone, let us know who.

    June 12, 2013

  • Joe A.

    There is talk out there that the parade will be cancelled this year. Mostly because of damage due to Sandy. Money does need to be raised to make this event happen and with all the work to fix Sandy's damage there is not much left. I have all ready been in contact with the organizers. My feeling was with the Boston bombing there might be a problem. As far as the Mermaid Parade goes I have been told it is not over till its over. The people of New York are a determined bunch so don't count this event out yet.

    May 3, 2013

  • Joe A.

    The N and D lines are the quickest at about 30 mins. The Q line stops at several more stations so avoid that one. These trains I always pick up at Herald Square. I don't know about Penn Center. Macy's is on Herald Square. That is right up the block from Penn. which is another reason why I use the PATH train. It drops you off at Herald Square and you don't need to even go street side to get the N or D.

    April 30, 2013

  • Elaine W.

    Joe, how long is the ride from Penn Station to Coney Island?

    April 30, 2013

  • Elaine W.

    Can we all have your cell number to keep in touch. In fact, we should exchange numbers so we do not get lost in the mob.

    April 30, 2013

  • Joe A.

    This is pretty much how it will probably go. When you come out of the subway in Coney Island walk up to 19th Street. That would be a right coming out of the station. I will be there at 9:00 AM. This is probably the only place you will be able to meet up with me. For me to wait at any other spot could make it hard for me to be there on time. I don't want to miss people that may be driving directly to the Meetup. As I have mentioned the way I get there is the easiest and the cheapest. Whatever way you pick it is a great event and should not be missed. I hope to see you all there.

    April 30, 2013

    • Donna K

      Thanks Joe, that's fine with me. See you then!

      April 30, 2013

  • Donna K

    We are taking the 4:57 AM NJ Transit train from Trenton arriving Penn Station at 6:35 AM. Then taking the D train to Coney Island. That would be great if we could coordinate with Joe.

    April 30, 2013

  • Elaine W.

    The departure time would be a start...after that I would suggest getting on in the first car should you decide to go from Trenton and that goes for anyone else....we need a time/place in Penn Station to catch up w/Joe

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Elaine W.

    hello all....went to Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to photograph the Cherry Blossoms taking the train in Hamilton to PENN STATION plus easy parking. Less driving time and first train out on Saturday starting from Trenton 4.59 (Hamilton 5:05) arrives Penn Station/33rd St. 6:35 a.m. Second early train out of Trenton 5.59 arrive Penn Station 7:32 a.m. Penn Station has bathrooms and food so this makes a great inbetween stop for all. Perhaps we can coordinate the group at the train stations.

    2 · April 25, 2013

    • Donna K

      Elaine, just figuring out directions. We'll be driving from NE Philly to get the train somewhere in NJ as well. We could meet up with you if we decide to go the Hamilton/Trenton route.

      April 30, 2013

    • Cathy

      The Hamilton train is convenient for me, I know where the station is from going to Grounds for Sculpture so often.

      April 30, 2013

  • Elaine W.

    So Joe, how do we get "press" passes?

    February 23, 2013

    • Joe A.

      My way of going is driving to Hoboken, taking the PATH to 33rd St. and then grabbing the D train (least amount of stops) to Coney Island. I would leave about 5:30 AM to get there on time. We can carpool, but that's the way I go.

      February 23, 2013

    • Jay

      Joe, let me know if I can join you.

      April 23, 2013

  • Elaine W.

    Train is faster and no traffic!

    February 23, 2013

  • Joe A.

    The tent for press passes was on 19th last year so we may want to actually meet on that street. I will check on that as we get closer to the Meetup.

    February 23, 2013

  • Maria :.

    Mark - great info! A few years ago, my mom & two of her friends participated in the parade - lots of fun and unique shots! But, it was an extremely HOT day. Come prepared!

    1 · February 23, 2013

    • Joe A.

      Yes, water is a must. There is very little shade and it can get very hot. A hat or cap is something I wish I had last year.

      February 23, 2013

    • Mark B.

      Agree! Water, hat, sunblock.

      February 23, 2013

  • Mark B.

    I went 2 years ago - lots of great color. Lots of bare skin too - definitely not for the prudish, lol. There's a fee, I think around $5, to go into the staging area before the parade starts so you can get up close; the participants are more than happy to pose for the dozens of photographers.

    February 23, 2013

    • Joe A.

      It is a great time. Getting there early is a must to get your press pass. You can come later but you don't want to miss out on the staging area. You can't get into that area without a pass. You also want to be able to walk along the parade and not be stuck behind the barricades. Here again you will need a pass to do that.

      February 23, 2013

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