The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation (http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade.) The parade is held in Coney Island every year in celebration of the beginning of the summer season. Individuals from all over the five boroughs gather for the ocean-themed event to showcase their artwork and express community prode. This year the 31st annaul Mermaid Parade is in limbo. In 2012 Hurricane Sandy devestated the area particually dealing damage to New Jersey and New York. Sand was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the season and the second-costliest in US history. The storm damaged much of the area destroying offices and local revenue sources that contribute to the parade and the community is in need of economic stimulation more than ever. Please visit the Kickstarter page to donate money to fund Coney Island USA and help save the Mermaid Parade. Coney Island USA is and IRS 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit arts organization (and a tax decutible charity).