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Coney Island Mermaid Parade

  • Jun 22, 2013 · 6:45 AM
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CONEY ISLAND MERMAID  PARADE

 

UPDATE: MAY 30

$101,000 REACHED!

 

UPDATE: MAY 6

DUE TO SANDY AND INCREASED TOWN FEES

THE PARADE NEEDS $100,000 TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR. A FUNDRAISER BEGINS ON MAY 7.

KEEP UP WITH THE PROGRESS:

http://www.savemermaids.org/

We'll watch the Coney Island Mermaid Parade starting at its earlier time, 1:00 pm this year.

We will leave CT early in the morning (carpooling) in order to get to Coney Island before the traffic and get our parking spaces in our favorite lot.

NOTE:  This year we''ll try some new strategies for before, during, and after the parade. We may still "stake our territory" along the parade route with our chairs, but there will be other options, too. We might stay longer at the pre-parade "staging" area for all those close-up shots. Feedback is welcomed from those who joined me last year.

Stay tuned. It should be a wild and fun day with a plethora of colorful photo ops. Ms. Colombia, we'll see you soon!

Note: This parade is known for being risqué. It may not be for everyone.

 

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    While I had a great time at my niece's clam bake, I sure did miss going with you guys! Wound up making my 1st ever visit to Coney just yesterday, what a cool place. After viewing the Google shots on the Sandy link Sue just posted, it's hard to believe that Sandy's visit was just last year....

    June 27, 2013

    • Sue F.

      So glad you went, Mike. You wouldn't believe what it's like there on Mermaid Parade day. You'll have to join us another year. I'd love to go there on a gray winter or fall morning to capture the deserted boardwalk (with a dark figure or two in the distance,) pier, amusements, and buildings silhouetted in the fog.

      June 27, 2013

  • Carol G.

    A lot of work went into the cleanup. It's amazing that it was so fast.

    June 27, 2013

  • Sue F.

    Now that we've recently seen the Coney Island boardwalk to Surf Avenue, here are some photos of the area after Sandy that make us really appreciate the efforts made to get the town "back.

    https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1424&bih=687&q=coney+island+boardwalk+after+Sandy&oq=coney+island+boardwalk+after+Sandy&gs_l=img.3..0.3476.11950.0.12262.42.20.2.20.15.0.166.2174.7j13.20.0...0.0...1ac.1.18.img.ECFNX5OlJeQ

    1 · June 27, 2013

    • Massimo N.

      Wow, what level of destruction. It's really amazing how everything pretty much looked like the year before!!

      June 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      wow! Sue! they did an incredible amount of work in 6 months. Amazing photos... almost as amazing as ours! thanks for posting.

      June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was so great meeting everyone!! Thanks for a fantastic first meet-up!! Sue you know I'm soooo in for Paris!! It was great to meet you!! :) see you soon!

    1 · June 26, 2013

  • Sue F.

    Thanks again to all my "Buds." I guess it's the teacher in me that likes to find fun opportunities for people. On to investigating more cool and colorful events and designing more creative photo ops for us. Let me know if you have any ideas. I don't think there's anything this terrific group of people can't do.

    June 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      My friend Tami is very photogenic and would love to model sometime!!! Maybe at a future meet-up?! :)

      1 · June 26, 2013

  • Massimo N.

    Another great meetup and an avalanche of shooting opportunities. Thanks Sue for putting this together again. You always outdo yourself! And thanks to Sanjeev for all the driving!

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Harry L.

    What a day! So many photo opportunities and so little time. Thanks, as always, Sue, for leading a successful photo safari into the "wilds" of NYC. I think we all bagged some game.

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic fun day, thanks Sue.

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Marla Melchiore P.

    What fun again. Thanks Sue for all that you do for us.

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Sue F.

    Thanks for a great day and great company, everyone! You were super team players, being flexible and having such good attitudes. It's a pleasure to plan events for such fun and appreciative people.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Carol K.

    Once again another great day with the Shutter-Buds! Thanks Sue for all the organizing..and for driving..and to Harry for navigating! Have fun at the Moon Shoot todnight, hope the sky stays clear.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Sue K

    Fantastic, fun day. Enjoyed the comaraderie, sights, sounds, and spirit of the day. Thanks Sue, for your all of the hard work you put into organizing this for us.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Carol G.

    Wonderful day. This is my third year in a row attending the parade. I think it's time we have our own group costume

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Sanjeev

    Just perfect.. Thanks Sue

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another amazing adventure with Shutter-Buds!

    Thank you Sue for all your hard work & organizational skills. It was a perfect day thanks to your efforts. -Went off without a hitch.
    Thanks too to Lance who navigated the NY highways like a professional driver. Very impressive!

    It was so much fun seeing the parade & I really enjoyed the group.... hope we all got some great shots.
    See ya tonight!

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was fantastic. I am downloading over 16GB of sRAW photos. On a quick review I may have more keepers than I expected. It was also a pleasure to meet the other members of Shutter-Buds!

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Lance J.

    What a unique envent and SOOOOO much opportunity for candid street photography. Meticulously organized and executed as usual. Thank you Sue for putting together another awesome photo road trip.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Laura

    We are parked and 15th and surf!

    June 22, 2013

  • Laura

    Then exit 7b to ocean parkway. Turn left. turns into surf ave. Parking lot is around 12th

    June 22, 2013

  • Laura

    Exit 1w off of 678. Take beltway west.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi
    See you all at Coney island.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I lost my bank card on a bike ride this evening. I won't have access to $$ if I don't go to the bank in person tomorrow. So, I will stay back in CT. I sent Steve an email, but I don't have his $$. Does anyone else have a way to reach him to be sure he receives the message? I don't want him waiting for me tomorrow morning. Enjoy! I look forward to seeing everyone's pictures!

    June 21, 2013

    • Sue F.

      We will miss you, Kathy! How awful about your card.

      June 21, 2013

  • Melissa

    I think I am not going to be able to get back in time for my evening commitment tomorrow so I need to pass on this one. Thank you and sorry! I was looking forward to this. Enjoy and happy summer weekend!
    Melissa

    June 21, 2013

  • 'Duck'

    Unfortunately I have to work and will be missing it this year. last year was a blast and hopefully Sandy didn't ruin it all. I am looking forward to seeing all the great photos. have fun.

    1 · June 21, 2013

    • Sue F.

      Thanks, "Duck." We'll miss you and Diane. Some of us will remain in the staging area for the parade, so we should have a "captive" audience /subjects while they wait to fall in line for the parade. Another year, perhaps!

      June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lance, do you want to meet in Westport @ Sue's exit (detailed below) or I can meet you on-route to that exit.

    Gene, do you want to meet me in Cromwell? if so what time? I can take you to Lance!

    June 20, 2013

    • Lance J.

      Janet & Gene, please email me LJohnson-at-GDEB-dot-com­ to finalize meeting location and time - thanks

      June 20, 2013

    • Sue F.

      I had originally established the Exit 66 Wilbur Cross commuter lot as a good central meetup point. We used it last year and it's very convenient. My carpool as well as Steve's will not need to stop there at this point, but it might work great for you guys. Whatever's best for you!

      June 20, 2013

  • Sue K

    This is my first mermaid parade, and I'm looking for tips from some of the veterans. Should we bring chairs? I was planning on getting the photographer's pass, does that mean I shouldn't bring seating? Any other tips on what we should bring besides sunscreen and cash? Thanks

    June 20, 2013

    • Sue F.

      Sue, I posted a "Final Details" file with all the info on Monday. Please take a look at it as it covers most of what you need to know. You'll have 3 options, and once you choose your plan, we'll take care of you! ; )

      June 20, 2013

    • Sue K

      Thanks guys. That's some very thorough info! Sue, as usual, you've got all the details covered.

      June 20, 2013

  • Sue F.

    PLEASE remember to check the Final Details file, everyone. It tells you what to bring, options for the day, etc. There are links for the event with a parade route map, hisotry, and other interesting info...even 2 videos about real-llife mermaids and pics of Ms. Colombia (for the newbies.) SEE YOU ALL AT THE CARPOOL CARAVAN, Exit 41 commuter lot (Merritt Parkway in Westport) on Saturday. We will leave from there together!

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Carol K.

    I'll be there waiting!

    June 18, 2013

  • Harry L.

    Sue, if it's OK, I will meet up with you at Panera's instead of the Wallingford exit. Much closer from Southington. Thanks.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Carol K.

    Thanks Sue for the ride--what time do you want me to be at Panera Bread in Newington?

    June 17, 2013

    • Sue F.

      About 6:15 would be good.

      June 17, 2013

    • Laura

      See you there!

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first one.

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • Sue F.

      We're glad you jumped right in to take advantage of our opportunities!

      June 18, 2013

  • Sue F.

    A reminder in case this applies to you: the 2013 annual dues of $10 must be paid for participation in Shutter-Buds events. Thank you!!!

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sue, I imagine it is fine to pay these dues directly to you when we meet on Saturday?

      June 18, 2013

    • Sue F.

      Perfect. Thanks, Timothy! ; )

      June 18, 2013

  • Sue F.

    Ramananda (East Haven) and Timothy (Danbury)... you can meet all our carpools at the Exit 41 commuter lot (at route 33) in Westport off the Merritt Parkway. (Route 15, the Wilbur Cross Parkway from Meriden, turns into the Merritt Parkway.) As of now, all cars are already full. But you could carpool together along with any others who RSVP before Saturday. From there we will drive together to Coney Island.

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to cancel...having issues with my back. Next year.

    June 17, 2013

    • Sue F.

      Sorry to hear that, Debbie. Thanks for letting us know, and hope to see you soon!

      June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All, just joined Shutter-Buds and first heard of the Mermaid parade 2 weeks ago during another meet-up shoot - yes I was living under rock. I think it will be cool to join in though. Home is Danbury, CT so I am interested to car pool. Any brilliant tips for a newbie?

    June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bring sunscreen! Also, bring cash - the ATMs are hard to find. This parade was my first meet-up last year & I looked forward to going again all year!

      June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sue
    I'm also looking to carpool-

    June 17, 2013

  • Sue F.

    Update: At the moment, we have 4 carpools. Steve is taking Kerry and Carol G. Lance is taking Sue K., Janet, and Gene. Sanjeev is taking Marla and Massimo. I will pick up Laura and Carol K-N at Panera in Newington and go to the Exit 66 commuter lot of the Wilbur Cross to meet Harry. Any others looking to carpool should meet there and we'll try to consolidate. Steve, could you also take Kathy Payne? I suspect Richard may go on his own? We have NOT heard from Kathleen, Melissa, Debbie, or Bonnie. If they aren't going, hen I believe we are all set! The 4 carpools will meet at the Exit 41 commuter lot in Westport (route 33.) at 7:45 and we'll head for Coney Island. (Details tonight. sorry. Busy weekend.)

    June 17, 2013

  • Sue F.

    Carol, I have 2 definites (Laura and Harry) and can take one more.
    See the carpool meetup location below.

    June 16, 2013

    • Sue F.

      This is in reponse to Carol K-N's request.

      June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm also looking to carpool - Sue, if Carol doesn't take your spot, I'd love to hop in~

    June 17, 2013

  • Carol K.

    I'd like to go Saturday, but don't want to drive. Is there room in any of the cars for an extra person?

    June 16, 2013

  • Sue F.

    I will be at the Exit 66 (Wallingford) commuter lot on the Wilbur Cross Parkway at 6:50 am Sat. June 22 to pick up Harry and anyone else. Laura, I'll e-mail you about place closer to Hartford to meet. If anyone else is going with us and we haven't heard from you yet, you can meet us at Exit 66 and we'll get organized. ALL CARS WILL MEET to form the "Caravan to Coney Is" at Exit 41 (route 33) off the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Westport at 7:45. I'll post the FINAL DETAILS packet this weekend. ETA on Surf Avenue to park no later than 9:30.

    2 · June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be in Florida...

    June 15, 2013

  • Laura

    Who else is in the MA/north of Hartford group?

    June 11, 2013

    • Sue F.

      Laura, I don't think any MA people are going except Richard who usually goes on his own. If you can get to Newington, CT, you can ride with me!

      June 13, 2013

    • Laura

      I can do that! After trying to get around Boston last week I really don't want to drive in New York, smile!

      June 13, 2013

  • Lance J.

    Actually, upon seeing the pictures from last year, Cathy & Becca have backed out, leaving me solo. I'm still "in". I'd still prefer to drive and would be willing to give 3 others a ride.

    1 · June 9, 2013

    • Gene S.

      Hi Lance I might be interested in riding in with the 3 of you also. I am in Granby and would be going south on 91 to the Wilbur Cross.

      June 10, 2013

    • Lance J.

      Yes to Sue K, Janet & Gene, you can ride with me.

      June 12, 2013

  • Harry L.

    Sue, do you have space in your car? Plus, I'm going to spring for the pass so I can hang out "back stage," as it were. Really looking forward to it. Thanks!

    June 11, 2013

    • Sue F.

      Yes, Harry. I can take (2) more people. The last two years, some of my best photos were from "behind the scenes," so I'd like to spend the whole parade hanging out in the staging area. The pass is $20 and can be bought online, but I wouldn't want to chance getting it mailed on time. We are arriving early and can buy the passes at the staging area. People can do that or opt to set up chairs early along Surf Ave., not far from our parking lot, and watch from there. We'll will all stay in touch and meet up later. When I verify two commuter lot exits, I will send the packet of info.

      June 12, 2013

    • Harry L.

      Ok, I'll snare one of those spots. I agree about the pass.

      June 12, 2013

  • Peter C.

    I overlooked a prior commitment and will not be able to attend this event.

    June 11, 2013

    • Sue F.

      Really sorry you can't make it, Peter!!! See you soon, we hope!

      June 11, 2013

  • Sue F.

    I will drive and meet carpoolers just beyond Meriden (I have to go check the exit #again) on the Wilbur Cross where we met up last year. Don't forget that Lance is leaving from Colchester and wouldn't want to go too far north out of his way. We are starting to have options. That's a good thing. Drivers so far: Steve, Lance, me. Any others?

    June 11, 2013

    • Marla Melchiore P.

      Sanji- you driving?

      June 11, 2013

    • Massimo N.

      I contacted Sanjeev and he said yes, so the 3 of us will come down together again.

      2 · June 11, 2013

  • Sue F.

    Discussion... for those who went with me one of the past two years - do you want to set up chairs again along Surf Ave. or get the $20 photographer passes and spend the time hanging out in the staging area where the people line up for the parade? The parade starts (1) hour earlier this year, BTW, at 1:00, so there's one hour less to kill.
    What are your thoughts?

    1 · June 9, 2013

    • Massimo N.

      I definitely want to get the pass this year. If I'm not mistaken the pass also allows you to walk along the route. Standing in one spot is hard on my back after a while (and the harsh sun doesn't help), so this time I'd rather try to move around.

      June 11, 2013

    • Marla Melchiore P.

      I had the pass last year and was great. There were areas that had trees so maybe there we can set up.

      June 11, 2013

  • Venu

    I am afraid I will not be able to make it much as I want to. I will enjoy the your pics. Thanks.

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had been looking forward to this parade since I 1st heard of it, but my sister just planned a clam bake to celebrate mu niece's graduation from Providence College....

    June 10, 2013

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