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Coney Island Mermaid Parade Will Happen This Year

Nearly $102,000 Raised In Kickstarter Campaign
Mermaid Parade sign on Coney Island - May 31, 2013 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Mermaid Parade sign on Coney Island – May 31, 2013 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - Coney Island’s extravagant Mermaid Parade is back on track.

Organizers of the Brooklyn event raised the money they needed to hold this year’s event on June 22.

Nearly $102,000 was raised during a month-long Kickstarter campaign that continues until June 3. More than 2,300 people have donated so far.

“It went viral. The mermaid maniacs have to have their parade,” parade founder Dick Zigun told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

The parade was canceled after organizers said they couldn’t afford the $400,000 worth of damage from superstorm Sandy to the beachfront community.

A reveler at the 2008 Coney Island Mermaid Parade (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A reveler at the 2008 Coney Island Mermaid Parade (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Mermaid Parade began in 1983. It features revelers in skimpy Mardi Gras-style costumes.

“It’s morale, but it’s also money and it comes from the arts. Everybody wins,” Zigun said.

He added that they don’t want blatant nudity, but artistic nudity is fine.

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