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Coney Island Mermaid Parade in Danger of Being Canceled

Coney Island Mermaid Parade in Danger of Being Canceled

Organizers of Coney Island's Mermaid Parade are asking for your help. Since 1983, the nation's largest art parade has showcased artistic individuals from New York City's five boroughs. However, because of the damage left behind from Hurricane Sandy over six months ago, the parade is in jeopardy of being canceled.

In order for Coney Island USA to avoid canceling the June 22 event, they need to raise $100,000. Known as "America's most underdressed parade," the Coney Island Mermaid Parade is in dire need of funds after Hurricane Sandy left Coney Island USA with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

The parade has grown over the years to crowds of over 750,000 people. With so many people, organizers need to raise a lot of money in a very short period of time in order for the 31st Mermaid Parade to take place.

Coney Island USA has created a Kickstarter video and page to try and complete their fundraising goal. The Kickstarter campaign launched on Monday, May 6 and has generated over $10,000 in just over a day. They have less than a month to reach their goal of $100,000. You can donate here.

Coney Island USA says money raised will go to parade management, permits, supplies, staff uniforms, food, insurance, equipment, and the staff. You can find out more on the group's Kickstarter page here.

Watch Coney Island USA's Kickstarter video below.

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