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The 32nd Annual Mermaid Parade is just around the corner, kicking off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.

Antique automobiles, wacky floats and scantily clad mermaids and mermen will roll down Surf Avenue and the boardwalk in New York City’s largest public celebration of art, artists and counterculture. But some are grousing over this year’s choice of honorees as King Neptune and Queen Mermaid.

The event organizers, Coney Island USA, announced recently that the top slots, previously played by Lou Reed, David Byrne, Queen Latifah and other celebrated actors, musicians and notables, will be filled by New York City’s first kids, Dante and Chiara de Blasio.

The mayor’s offspring will be wheeled through the parade in an antique wicker Boardwalk Rolling Chair that dates back to 1923.

“We are extraordinarily honored to have the participation of New York City’s first family in the parade,” said Coney Island USA founder Dick Zigun, who is known as the Mayor of Coney Island. “King Neptune and Queen Mermaid represent the young adults of New York City who are the next generation of visitors to Coney Island and Coney Island USA.”

While many have hailed their selection, we’ve also seen a number of people taking to social media to decry the choice. Some say they’ll be skipping the parade this year because they disagree with the mayor’s politics. Others have argued that the two are hardly creative heroes or counterculture figures.

It’s unlikely the discontent will make much of a difference in attendance at the event, but we wanted to find out what locals think. Are Dante and Chaira de Blasio good choices to celebrate Coney Island’s quirks? Or is this selection just too political for you?

Source: Luke Redmond/Flickr

Several local representatives to the City Council said yesterday that they support a proposal to throw a ticker-tape parade in Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The idea reemerged over the weekend, when U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stood with veterans to urge the Department of Defense to work with the city in planning the event, which would welcome home returning troops from the post-9/11 battlefronts. The proposal was first floated in 2012, but was opposed by the Pentagon.

“With the war in Afghanistan winding down, now is the time to keep with long-standing American tradition and kick off a campaign for the first New York City welcome home parade for troops that served in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Senator Schumer in a press release.

The Iraq war came to an official end on December 31, 2011. The combat mission in Afghanistan is expected to be complete by the end of this year. The Department of Defense will not condone a parade until combat operations are complete, but Schumer said the planning should begin now.

The Canyon of Heroes has long been the venue for the most iconic processions for returning veterans. Several parades were held during World War II, culminating with a massive procession for the troops in 1946, after the war ended. A parade was held honoring veterans of the Vietnam War in 1985, and in 1991 the city welcomed home Gulf War veterans.

Several Southern Brooklyn City Council representatives said they support bringing back the tradition, including Councilman Vincent Gentile who said he has previously called for honoring the veterans in such a way.

“If a sports team gets a parade, so should our veterans!” said Gentile. “Not only is it the right thing to do and it’s the least we can do for these brave men and women to honor the sacrifices they’ve made to protect our freedom abroad.”

Councilmembers Alan Maisel and Chaim Deutsch agreed.

“For all their dedication and sacrifice, it’s only fitting that we hold a ticker-tape parade in honor of the hard-fighting men and women of Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Deutsch. “Therefore, I’ll support the campaign to revive this time-honored tradition and give our veterans a grand, New York City welcome.”

Councilman Mark Treyger said he’s on-board with the idea, but urged his colleagues not to forget about providing the support these returning veterans will need beyond a celebration in the streets.

“I am in full support of the idea to honor our veterans with a parade down the Canyon of Heroes out of recognition of their incredible service to our nation. I applaud Senator Schumer for taking up this worthy campaign and I look forward to assisting his efforts,” said Treyger. “However, our obligation and responsibility to our returning servicemen and women extends far beyond a single event. We must also ensure as a city and nation that each returning solider receives assistance with employment, health care, counseling and anything else needed to help transition back into civilian life.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday that he will “do whatever it takes” to give returning veterans a parade in the Canyon of Heros.

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If the crazed crowds, projected low of 25 degrees Fahrenheit, and scary Black Friday mobs still don’t hinder your urge to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, here are some transit tips.

On Thanksgiving Day, trains and buses will be running on a Sunday schedule. The parade runs from 9:00 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Parade Route: According to the MTA website, the parade starts on West 77 St and heads down Central Park West to 59 St/Columbus Circle. It travels along Central Park South and Sixth Av to 34 St. The parade then turns west to end at Seventh Avenue in front of the famous Macy’s Department store in Herald Square.

Q Line

Take the Q train, departing every 15 minutes, up to 34 St, Herald Square, or Times Square, 42 St.

F Line

Take the F train, departing every 19 minutes, up to W4 St, then transfer to the A Line to 59 St-Columbus Circle, or the D Line up to 34 St, Herald Square, or 59 St-Columbus Circle.

Bundle up. Sheepshead Bites wishes you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday!

mermaid parade

Photo by Allan Shweky.

Explosions in the sky, blinding LED lights, girls strutting around in skimpy outfits… ‘merica.

These wonderful things are all to be expected this weekend on Coney Island.

On Friday, you can see the first Friday fireworks of 2013. If you are especially afraid of the dark, you will also be able to see Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz throw the switch on the 8,000 dazzling new lights attached to the parachute jump. The lights are so bright that they will actually be able to be seen from space.

On Saturday, make sure to grab your mermaid outfit and head out a bit earlier for the recently saved Mermaid Parade. This year, the parade is kicking off at 1 p.m. and I hope to see you and all the other aquatic revelers there strutting your stuff.

For more information on the parade, click here.

Added (6/24 @ 2:43 p.m.): Our sincere apologies to Allan Shweky, who took the above photo, and who we forgot to credit.

The Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association held its annual Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday, drawing scores of neighbors to watch antique automobiles, local veterans and school kids honor the men and women of the nation’s armed forces.

Like other Memorial Day observances, the event remembers the local heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting our nation. But SBPB Civic’s event falls on Armed Forces Day, a lesser known holiday to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches, making the parade an opportunity to honor those past and present.

A battalion of vehicles from the Baron DeKalb Knights on Bikes and the Antique Automobile Association of Brooklyn led the procession down Emmons Avenue, from Ocean Avenue to the veteran’s memorial at Brown Street. They were followed by the Fort Hamilton High School Junior ROTC and the Bishop Kearney High School band, along with the NYPD Auxiliary Ceremonial Marching Unit and the Marine Corps League Color Guard, among others.

The procession stopped just before Driscoll Tucker Park at East 27th Street, where taps was performed and ceremonial flags flown, while SBPB Civic President Kathy Flynn tossed flowers in the water to honor the fallen.

The event honored several living local veterans who served in conflicts as far back as World War II. Six local students were also recognized for writing award-winning essays and art pieces about Memorial Day.

View the photo gallery.

The following is from the Sheepshead Bay-Plumb Beach Civic Association:

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Turkish-Americans celebrate their heritage this month with a week of restaurant discounts at participating eateries, a parade and festival, and an event at Borough Hall.

The 32nd Turkish Day Parade and Festival kicks off on Saturday, May 18, at noon. Organized by the Federation of Turkish American Associations, the parade takes place in Manhattan, with participants gathering at 56th Street and Madison Avenue and marching down to Dag Hammarskjold Park on 47th Street and 1st Avenue, where they’ll join with the festival.

The festival features Turkish music, folk dancers and more.

Here in Brooklyn, the organizations will celebrate with a taste of Turkish culture  during the Brooklyn Turkish Cultural Celebration at Borough Hall (188 Montague Street). There will be complimentary Turkish food prepared by local restaurants, along with more folk dancers and music, to be enjoyed by Borough President Marty Markowitz, other dignitaries, and neighbors. The event is Thursday, May 16, at 5 p.m.

But all week long this week – lasting until Sunday – locals can also enjoy a discount at participating Turkish restaurants, including four in Southern Brooklyn. Coupons and a full list of participating restaurants around the Tri-State area can be seen here.

But here’s the list of local restaurants:

  • Opera Cafe & Lounge 2555 Emmons Avenue
  • Liman Restaurant2710 Emmons Avenue
  • Istanbul Restaurant - 1715 Emmons Avenue
  • Istanbul Fast Food - 2202 86th Street

The Kickstarter campaign to save the Mermaid Parade launched yesterday and they are already a quarter of the way to their goal.

Because of damages sustained by Superstorm Sandy, Coney Island USA, the parade organizers, needed to cut back on expenses, leaving them $100,000 short of affording all the things that make a parade happen like security, supplies and staff uniforms. Organizers have already reeled in over $24,000 in just a few days of activity. If this trend continues, their $100,000 goal will be reached long before the deadline hits at the end of the month.

Those who decide to donate will get access to a slew of exclusive prizes.

For example, if you decide to give $13 to the parade you receive a specially designed temporary tattoo from a local Brooklyn artist and you get your name added to a big “THANKS” banner in the parade.

If you give a whopping $10,000 you are declared “King Midas” and are given this  ambiguous promise:

King Midas! You are the Merfolk hero. We’ll make things happen for you by land or by sea. Write us a private message; there are plans to be hatched. (Most of your contribution could be tax deductible)

I wish I was rich enough to just fork over 10 grand just to see what “things” will happen to me. Anyway, if you would like to donate you can do so by visiting the Mermaid Parade’s official Kickstarter page by clicking here.

The Synagogue of Chabad Lubavitch of Manhattan Beach at 134 West End Ave is completing their very first Torah. For those who are not well versed in these matters, this is a pretty big deal for a synagogue.

Rabbi Avrohom and Shula Winner, who lead the congregation, have planned a parade to mark the occasion.

Traditionally, when a Torah is written, there exist opportunities for dedication of pages, covers and so on. Rabbi Winner calls this a “community Torah.”

He writes:

The last mitzvah (commandment) in the Torah is for every Jew to write for themselves a Torah scroll, just as it is ones responsibility to keep any of the other 613 laws. However, not everyone can write their own Torah scroll, whether they don’t know how or don’t have the financial means to do so. If, However, we participate in the writing of one it is as if we wrote our very own Torah scroll.

In Jewish law Mechzo k’kuloy is: Half is counted like the whole thing. Participate partially and G-d counts it like you did the whole thing. In plain English: Give a little from your pocket and a lot from your heart G-d looks at the action (because action is what counts) and gives reward for the feelings.

Once the Torah is complete, the parade will take place Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 12:00 p.m. It begins in front of  the Chabad Lubavitch Synagogue of Manhattan Beach.

The streets will be closed. Music and dancing are encouraged and refreshments will be served.

For more info, call (718) 368-1395 or (646) 296-9020.

Southern Brooklyn’s most bizzare, colorful and apparel-eschewing festival, the Mermaid Parade, celebrated its 30th year in 2012, with thousands of revelers descending upon Coney Island for the event.

Mermen, lady pirates, sailors and strippers snaked down Surf Avenue, rounded West 10th Street, and back over the Riegelmann Boardwalk, flashing costumes – and sometimes a little more (oh, do keep in mind that this photo gallery is not safe for work. A few boobies make an appearance).

A number of Sheepshead Bites readers lined the parade, photographing some of the oddities as they rolled by. Below is a collection of photos submitted by the following readers: Knightmare6, nolastname, Celeste L., Steve G. and Allan Shweky.

Check out the Mermaid Parade 2012 photos.

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