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Coney Island Mermaid Parade Saved by Kickstarter, Amanda Palmer

The annual beachfront Mermaid Parade was in danger of cancellation after Hurricane Sandy washed away much of Coney Island until more than 2,000 backers scrounged together $100,000. An organizer for the costumed festivities told Gothamist that the final Kickstarter hurdle will be reached thanks to funds raised by a Bowery Ballroom benefit concert headlined by the very polarizing Amanda Palmer. Everyone, on the other hand, can glean some enjoyment out of a day at the beach featuring grown people dressed as sea creatures.

Mermaid Parade Saved by Amanda Palmer