Mermaid Parade 2020: The Tail-a-Thon, Streaming Live, this Saturday, August 29th at 1pm!
The 2020 Mermaid Parade is a TAIL-A-THON and will take place this Saturday, 8/29. So, what's a Tail-a-Thon? Well, we love the Parade community too much to host the Parade in our typical fashion. The thought of any of you risking your health is simply too much for us to bear. On the other hand, the Parade is about people showing off their creativity, celebrating summer, having fun and COMING TOGETHER. So how do we come together and avoid jeopardizing our health?
The Parade will be DE-CENTRALIZED. That means people will still be able to come together from around the globe to celebrate with friends. It won't be the hundreds of thousands of people in one physical space that we normally have — but everyone will be connected via video streams to the Parade Hub — where our team of Coney Island Video Aces will combine the streams and broadcast out to the general public. We will also accept pre-recorded segments for including in the broadcast.
And there are some real benefits of a streamed decentralized parade. It will mean that the general public will essentially have a seat on the reviewing stand — just like our infamously incompetent Judges.
But what about Bribes?
Besides being decentralized and streamed…the Parade will be a telethon — wait — scratch that. It will be a TAIL-A-THON. In lieu of Bribing the Judges — you can donate. And not just to us.
We fool around a lot, but we recognize and empathize with the desperate situation of so many of our fellow humans. We want to do our part, and will be distributing at least half the proceeds of the Tail-a-Thon to a group of charities. The beneficiaries will be selected by a blue ribbon committee. We are also asking this year's Mermaid Parade royalty Lynn Nottage and Jeremy O. Harris to hand pick two of the charities.
And folks, the Tail-a-Thon will be awesome. We plan to really do this thing right. Don't be surprised if, like classic telethons, you don't see some incredible celebrity guests. While it isn't written in stone — current plans call for the Tail-a-Thon to be 5 hours long! That means plenty of screen time for all paticipants. And the new question everyone should be asking is, "who will sing You'll Never Walk Alone?"
Watch at: https://www.coneyisland.com/mp2020
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