This is a self directed meetup. Diane and I will be there and you are welcome to hang out with us if you like.
Register to take photos at the parade staging area starting at about 11:00am for great captures. This is the best opportunity to catch great portraits of the parade participants in colorful costumes, the colorful floats and antique cars. If you choose not to pay the registration fee, there are plenty of other opportunities to take photos on the street and along the parade route.
Be sure to bring your on/off camera speedlites/flashes and the best camera you have even if it’s a point and shoot!
The entrance fee for admission to the staging area for photographers is $50 ($40 if register online beforehand) but if you would like to costume up and join the parade the cost is $35 ($30 if register online). As a parade marcher you will have the opportunity to be photographed and photograph the crowd watching the parade!
Please also note that the Mermaid parade is a family friendly event but in the “Artsy” category of marchers, the mermaids and mermen are often found in various stages of creative dress which includes body paint and pasties. If you may be offended by this, please check out the parade’s page at coneyisland.com before RSVP’ing and completing registration for the event.
Long lines usually form to buy tickets the day of the event so I would suggest you purchase them in advance. You can buy tickets online here: http://www.coneyisland.com/content/mermaid-parade-registration-page