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Mermaid Parade

  • Jun 21, 2014 · 7:15 AM

Road trip to Coney Island!

It's the Mermaid Parade, the largest Arts parade in the country, and the 7th largest public event in NYC. It's a little known secret that draws just our group, and over 500,000 others. http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade

You can do this on your own, or try to meet up with the group. The parade itself starts at 1pm at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. We'll be getting there a few hours earlier to shoot the staging area, and staying a bit after the parade to shoot the crowds.

We will not be doing this in organized carpools, or anything like that. Joe and I plan on taking a train from Hamilton, then catching the subway out to Coney Island. As we get closer to the event, and we know what train we're catching, we'll post it; those interested can meet us at the station. Otherwise, people can travel up on their own. For a second meetup opportunity, we'll probably pick a time/place up there where we'll hang around for about 15 minutes if people want to find us.

This is a loooong day, so dress/pack appropriately (last year we left at 6am, and didn't get home til after 9:30). Bring water (multiple bottles), bring extra batteries, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, wear sun screen and a hat.

For those who want to travel with us, we'll be catching the 7:24 am train out of Hamilton.  Round trip train fare (for those who aren't Senior Citizens) is $30.  Parking in Hamilton is $7 for the day.  There will also be subway fare, and if you want a ticket to the staging area (not needed, but helpful) you can buy it at Coney Island... not sure the price, last year they were $20.

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  • Joe A.

    ATTENTION!!! The Mermaid Album is full. Click on "Photos" above on the dropdowns. I have added an Album 2 for more pics. Keep uploading!

    1 · June 24, 2014

    • Lou D.

      This the most of any meetup.

      June 24, 2014

    • Joe A.

      Filled it up way faster and I posted half of what I did last year.

      1 · June 24, 2014

  • Jonathan L.

    Hey, Raja or y'all: is this the fisheye we were talking about on Sat?:
    http://tinyurl.com/oqtwqqf
    Thanks!

    June 23, 2014

    • Raja

      Jonathan, Yes... only I think this is a better version. My lens-hood does not come off, not removable.

      June 23, 2014

    • Joe A.

      I have the same one in the Samyang version. It can be used with a full frame camera as well. If you were to get one get this one or the Samyang.

      June 23, 2014

  • Mike M

    What a great day, had a lot of fun eating hot dogs, taking pictures,getting sunburn, soaking up freaky people and of course spending time with some fun folks. Thanks Joe and Mark for organizing this.

    June 22, 2014

  • Bruce

    It was a great day of shooting! And the after party was a blast!

    4 · June 22, 2014

    • Lou D.

      Sory I missed the after party, maybe next year.

      June 22, 2014

  • Joe A.

    Another awesome day at Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Double the members who went last year and we didn't lose anyone. The weather was perfect and so were the Mermaids. Can't wait till next year!

    3 · June 22, 2014

  • Jonathan L.

    Good morning! Woke up @ 2:45PM. Ready for the next Mermaid Parade.

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Joe A.

    Wow what a day!!! Mermaid Parade and back to Manhattan for a walk on the Highline. Left at 5:30 AM and got back at midnight! Was it worth it.....HELL YES!!!!

    4 · June 22, 2014

    • Cheril

      Midnight? Geez

      1 · June 22, 2014

    • Joe A.

      Yep we're hard core!

      1 · June 22, 2014

  • Raja

    Excellent!

    June 22, 2014

  • Lou D.

    WOW what an experience, my leggs are still recovering. had a blast, very nice small crowd. lol

    1 · June 22, 2014

    • Lou D.

      I would have never made it to Penn Station.

      1 · June 22, 2014

    • Cheril

      I pooped out early. My legs were fine, but my back had had enough lol. I got tons of inspiration from the costumes.

      3 · June 22, 2014

  • Lou D.

    Thanks to Mark And Joe for the help! Love you guys.

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Cheril

    Definitely worth the trip!

    2 · June 21, 2014

    • Mark

      If it was more than once a year I'm not sure we'd survive!

      3 · June 22, 2014

  • Cheril

    I am so upset that my camera died before I could get a picture of a mermaid being arrested by three cops! Damn, what a shot that would have been!

    3 · June 21, 2014

  • Cheril

    I am on my way. I should be at the Station by 7 a.m.

    June 21, 2014

  • Cheril

    All right, Joe just convinced me it's worth the hike!

    2 · June 19, 2014

    • Mark

      which is kind of surprising considering how uncool you are... are these the places that won't let you in? ;)

      June 20, 2014

    • Cheril

      LOL

      June 20, 2014

  • Janine B.

    I'm still unsure if I'll attend...sounds like fun though.

    June 18, 2014

  • Elaine W.

    This is a more than a hoot ... enjoy the day.

    May 31, 2014

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