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From: user 4.
Sent on: Friday, June 22, 2007 4:02 AM
Freedom is about fun people!

So who is planning on going to the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island this weekend?????????

SATURDAY 23 June 2007 -- 2pm (Normally later but the parade starts with a bunch of old "classic" cars -- same cars every year, feel free to view them in the parking lot near the inaptly named, taxpayer funded, Giuliani-ized, and eminently-domained "Keyspan" Park before noon)

OFFICIAL SIGNUP for Mermaids and Mermen = 10am
whatever that means, my guess is that the money goes to Thor Equities or the Coney Island Dick Zigun freaks. Believe it or not anyone can march.

I have no intention of "signing up" -- but hey, if you want to spend money knock yourself out. Be sure to bring a Parade Float if you sign up.

Even more fun, get the chance to scream at, and heckle, Borough President, and resident scumbag, Marty Markowitz, and any other useless political hack that has the temerity to show up.

PARADE = 2pm


Remember -- if you didn't pay it, they couldn't collect it. And the rest of us wouldn't be screwed by your bell curve.

Precious people can cab it to exit 6 on the belt parkway, ahem, you know who you are. It'll cost you 25 times subway fare, and probably take you twice as long as the train.

Master of Ceremonies = the famous Chris T. (ex-WFMU icon and currently host of "Trucker Talk" on Sirius Satellite; REMEMBER, IF IT IS IN YOUR MOUTH OR HOUSE: THANK A TRUCKER FOR DELIVERING IT!)

Especially your Stella Artois... and other overpriced drinks. $15 martinis, $16 pitchers of beer (in Queens for gods sake!)  and toilet paper, and pickles...

For those of you averse to plain English instructions goto:

I need sign bearers and people that know how to have a good time.

Something lacking in so many of the overly serious posts (all one-thousand of them) that have landed in my inbox in the last two months.

Freedom is about fun people! Are you campaigning for Ron Paul or for any of the other 23 assholes?

Every freak in New York (and poser motherfucker) should be there....

And most of them think Hitlery/Obomba are the answer....

But YOU know better right?

They may not look Republican, but many of them have money to give to Paul. Even more, they know how to think for themselves.

They are edumacated!

Really, trust me, most of the people you'll see are also from out of state, but are now OFFICIAL NEW Yorkers, with Valley Girl accents.... guys too.

So instead of talking to tourists in Central Park/Union Square/Bohemian Hall come meet and greet some ACTUAL New Yorkers in old (pre-gentrified) Coney Island this weekend.

Don't blink, it will be gone next year for some taxpayer financed hole in the ground.

Wot about you??????

Chris Goldsbury
BROOKLYN, BABY Born and bred

Don't call me though -- look for the tall drink of water with the cowboy hat, sunglasses, and "RON PAUL REVOLUTION" SIGNS

I happen to believe that the "top-down" mentality of political action is er, Bolshevist, Leninist, Neocon, etc. Do what you like but if you see me I am:

Exceedingly pale..... disgusted with the state of affairs and a

Disaffected NY Paul Supporter
Tired of the fat fuck in Queens (Hi Tom!)
(go ahead and send some greasy email calling me a "provocateur")
Come to Brooklyn you born out-of-state Manhattan posers
We don't bite

Unless you like that sort of thing

PS: If my language offends you, kiss my ass

Sunscreen mandatory/costumes suggested (but should be mandatory for marchers).

PPS: Tom? Can I use this for my bio? Use a smiley face for my picture. :-)

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PPPS: From the website, gee they talk just like me!

2007 Mermaid Parade FAQs
�� on: Jun 21st, 2006, 7:17pm ��

What time does the Parade start?
The Mermaid Parade starts at 2 PM, on June 23, 2007 rain or shine.
What time does the Parade end?
Hard to say, but it usually all wraps up at around 5:30 PM or so.
Where does the Parade take place?
The Parade starts on West 10th Street and the Boardwalk, moves west to West 16th Street and the Boardwalk, then goes north to Surf Avenue and turns east along Surf Avenue and rolls to West 10th Street where it disbands.  
Where���s the best place to watch the Parade?
That���s entirely up to you.  Many people like to watch the Parade on the boardwalk, but the boardwalk only features marchers and push-pull floats.  Surf Avenue allows viewing of antique cars and motorized floats as well.
Is it ok to bring kids to the Parade?
You bet!  The Mermaid Parade is an art parade, not a showcase for naked girls.  There���s always at least one little girl���s birthday party marching in the Parade.
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Travel to the Mermaid Parade
�� Reply #1 on: Jun 21st, 2006, 7:19pm ��

How do I get to Coney Island?
The best way to get to Coney Island is to take the D, F, N or Q subway to Stillwell Avenue.  The Coney Island amusement area is also accessible via Exits 6 and 7 on the Belt Parkway.
I���m coming by car.  Where���s the best place to park?
Are you nuts?  The Mermaid Parade is Coney Island���s busiest day of the year and the traffic is terrible.  Having said that, the New York Aquarium and Keyspan Park both have parking lots, and there are a number of private lots between Surf and Neptune Avenues and West 8th Streets and West 17th Streets.  Coney Island USA strongly encourages people to make use of the mass transit system.
I���m coming from Manhattan.  How much is a taxi from Midtown?
More than $50.  You���re better off taking the subway.
I���m coming in from out of town and need an address to mapquest for directions.  What should I use?
You can use 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224.

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Press and Photographers
�� Reply #2 on: Jun 21st, 2006, 7:20pm ��

What���s the deal with taking pictures of the Parade.  How can I arrange that?
Anyone can take pictures of the parade from the sidewalk as it goes by on the street.   If you want to take pictures of the staging area on West 10th Street, you will be charged $5 per camera to enter the staging area.  If you are Working Press with an NYPD Press Pass, you can enter the West 10th Street staging area for free.
There is also a Press Pen across from the reviewing stand on Surf Avenue that will open at around 1:30 PM.
You do not have to make reservations to take pictures on West 10th Street.  You just have to pay $5 per camera.
Can I get a Press Pass that gives me special access to cover the Parade?
No, we do not issue special press passes.
I'm going to stand in the street in front of the reviewing stand and take pictures because I'm very important and I don't care what anyone says.  I might also satnd in the middle of the route and take pictures and hold up the Parade. What do you think about that?
It's a free country and you can do what you want.  But if you obstruct the Parade or the view from the reviewing stand, we will bodily remove you.  We're running a parade and don't have time to think about your portfolio, your video project or how expensive your camera is.  Many of our security guards are poorly paid neighborhood guys who have no problem shoving someone face down onto the pavement when they don't listen.  if you're nose, or camera, are broken in the process don't come crying to us when you were standing someplace that you shouldn't have

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