All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Mermaid Parade this Saturday 1 pm. It is like Mardi Gras and you will probably meet a lot of friends and BCers. It is the country’s largest art parade. It is a celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 3,000 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the masses, and ensures that the summer season is a success by bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area in a single day. See self-expression in public. Unlike most parades, this one has no ethnic, religious, or commercial aims. It’s a major New York holiday invented by artists. It features participants dressed in hand-made costumes based on themes and categories. This creates an artistic framework on which artists can improvise, resulting in the flourishing of frivolity, dedication, pride, and personal vision that has become how New York celebrates summer.
There are big crowds on Surf Ave. The boardwalk is less crowded and the finish line is a great spot for photos as different costume groups get together for posing. P.S. if you are with someone you may get separated so have locations to meet on the hour. http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade#sthash.FBS8jSr3.dpuf.
Several days events: Coney Island Circus Sideshow– see freaks, wonders and human curiosities, 45 minutes, 1-8 pm, daily till Sept. 5, $10 adults, $5 kids, Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th Street. Steeplechase Friday Night Acoustic Music at the Steeplechase Beer Garden for a weekly performance from a different artist. Fridays, 5 pm until Sept. 9, 1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street. River to River Festival for 60 days of free live performance and visual art installations for the public to enjoy in historic landmarks, along the waterfront, and on Governors Island http://lmcc.net/program/river-to-river/
Long Island Concerts & Events June 16–22, screening includes a reception and a book signing by Foster Hirsch, a professor at Brooklyn College, pioneer in the development of film studies and …
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