saturday was perfect for merpeople, rides, cyclones opening game @ mcu park + fireworks!
last year’s drizzle did not damper the parade and this year, with a high pushing 90, crowds were just as sticky + enthusiastic

fortunately i know a certain rooftop to be super breezy + viewed the marchers sweat-free

though i found last year‘s viewpoint to be equally exciting, crowds can be so intense on cement

many marching jellyfish publicly wished harm on bp + well for their inspiration in the gulf
and then i met these guys, and the day was complete.

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coney island banner artist, marie roberts, will be holding an open studio this coming weekend, dec 12-13, from her special place on the second floor of coney island USA.  visit with this 3rd generation coney islander from 1pm – 4pm @ 1208 surf ave (@ W12)

i think i see her through the window

does her work look familiar?  cake boss fan?  the banners were made sugary by buddy – watch the ep here & don’t skip ahead, the major league eaters cake is even better phenom

<more open studio info @ amusing the zillion>

and if you are so inspired to make a banner of your own – don’t head to pearl paint just yet, consider her banner painting workshop in march, first

live @ coney island usa

live @ coney island usa

get your advance $20 tickets here

$9 adults, $5 children (12 and under)

“Come celebrate the holiday of Sukkot at Coney Island USA’s Sideshows by the Seashore with two great nights of “Jewish-Centric” sideshow, magic and variety entertainment. ’Meshuggena Magic for the Whole Mishpacha’ is the brainchild of Dick Zigun, Founder of Coney Island USA, and a nice Jewish Boy; as well as Adam Rinn, a Bar Mitzvahed magician, entertainer and Dean of Coney Island USA’s Sideshow School.”

more @coneyisland.com

– lazy bones copy direct post brought to you by a broken foot and vicodin –

not an original

not an original

the warriors 30th reunion : benefit for coney island usa

expect cast appearances by swan, cleon, snow, fox and vermin as well as Q + A prior to screening

$20 advanced sale only.  tickets to the 7:30pm show have been sold out but a second screening of 11:15pm was added. more here

first and second and awesome:

from a very unofficial new york mets fan site

from a very unofficial new york mets fan site

(1) the brooklyn cyclones <mets affiliate> opening game is this friday, june 19 @7pm.   up against the staten island yankees, this evening is bound to be a fantastic time.  best part of the cyclones’ site is first FAQ: I live in the area. Can I try out for the Cyclones? interesting concept: location playing a role in drafting athletes

another entertaining cyclones bit from wiki:

In 2006, the team introduced a new unnamed mascot: a blow-up “ZOOperstars” type pelican. Despite a contest to name the character, it was never given an official name. Fans were not entertained by the pelican which has not made an appearance since the 2006 season.

suppose we’re left with sandy the seagull and pee-wee

(2) friday also marks the official kick-off to fireworks season in coney island. ka-pow!
<fireworks can be purchased just across the NJ/PA border>

(3) mermaid parade! 2pm saturday the 20th.
this is the nation’s largest art parade and one of new york’s finest spectacles.

from wiki:

from Jo Weldons flickr photostream

thnx Jo Weldon's flickr photostream

The parade pays homage to the tradition of the Coney Island Mardi Gras parades of the very early 20th century, when Coney Island was at its zenith as the primary amusement destination for the great majority of the inhabitants of New York City.
The Mermaid parade is well-known for extraordinary marine costumes, and for the occasional partial nudity. (This is not as surprising as it may sound, because it is legal in New York State for women to be topless in public, as long as this is not part of a business venture.) The parade is however very much a family event . . .

legal to be topless in public? can a lawyer comment please?

the coney island usa website boasts king neptune as harvey keitel + his queen mermaid daphna; also special appearances by the uptown string band from the philadelphia mummers parade + recording artists they might be giants on a float.  what i am looking forward to most of all is monster truck ‘blue thunder’ performing a parade prelude!

so come on down to coney island this weekend for mascots, tnt + pasties