NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The annual Mermaid Parade stepped off on Coney Island Saturday – after organizers saved the event from the threat of being canceled.
The 31st Annual Mermaid Parade kicked off at 1 p.m. Saturday at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. Actor Judah Friedlander of “30 Rock” and “American Splendor” fame served as “King Neptune” for the parade, while former network news producer and “The Real House of New York City” star Carole Radziwill served as Queen Mermaid.
“We took a chance on a Kickstarter campaign and 2,500 people contributed $117,000,” organizer Dick Zigun told 1010 WINS. “Even after the fees come out we keep about 75 percent of that.”
Hard work by the city, the private sector and parade organizers ensured that the spectacular extravaganza would go on.
One woman told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten she was “very concerned” the parade would be canceled.
And as to the fact that the parade was saved, another woman said, “Best news ever, best parade ever.”