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Some Costume and Parade Tips
Jun 3rd, 2013 at 1:04pm
 
I posted this as a reply to another question, but thought folks might benefit from some of the info:

The question was 'where do I get supplies for my mermaid outfit?' from someone marching for the first time...


Wow! Where to start? Depends on how elaborate you plan on getting.

Keep costs low by looking for supplies at discount shops and thrift stores...Walmart (are they in Manhattan?) usually has an inexpensive fabric selection, as well as basic art/craft supplies - paints, glitter, sequins... Thrift stores often have inexpensive bridesmaids' dresses that can be cannibalized for their nice fabric and embellishments.

Pearl River Mart downtown has parasols and other fancy fun stuff that can always be added to your outfit. On sunny days, a paper parasol has saved many a mermaid from fainting in the sun, and on rainy parade days, while delicate, they can protect you as well.

If you are stuffing anything, like a tail or tentacles, pool noodles (closed cell foam pool toys) are excellent because they are lightweight and shed water - remember, the Parade is rain or shine! - foam rubber is hot and heavy by comparison, and if it gets wet, you will be hauling around a big, wet sponge!

Other things to remember:

Make your outfit as lightweight as possible!!!


You would be surprised at how heavy your outfit can get. Pack a small bag with your ID, keys, fully charged cellphone, sunscreen, maybe an emergency granola bar or two, bandaids for blisters, and maybe stash a spare pair of flipflops.

Comfy Shoes!!!


If you can't walk in them all day, you won't be able to make it through the parade. Besides, no one is going to be looking at your feet.

Bring some bottled water!!!


You NEED to stay hydrated! And it's not always easy to find parade volunteers handing out water. I nearly landed in the hospital last year from dehydration, and I am a parade veteran!

Sunscreen!
(a parasol is advised)

I've marched in more than a dozen parades and I have never had to use the bathroom during the course of the day...you end up sweating everything out, it seems, but be sure that in case of an emergency, you can get out of your costume quickly! Pack a small pair of scissors (safely wrapped) if your costume is elaborate/confining.

Also: If you are making a human powered float, invest in GOOD wheels! Big box stores like Home Depot have them and if you think ten bucks a wheel is expensive, consider how much you would pay not to drag a busted float around.

PVC pipe (no smaller than 1" diameter) makes for a great framework, but don't make it bear too much weight. Pink insulation foam is great for structures and can be painted with acrylics.

Search Flickr.com for 'Coney Island Mermaid Parade' for ideas!

Can't wait to see you there!† Cheesy
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Reply #1 - Sep 30th, 2013 at 12:46am
 
Thanks for sharing such kind of weired information! Cheesy
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Reply #2 - Nov 6th, 2013 at 3:10pm
 
Christmas decorations also make great costume parts, you can get ropes of pearls (tree garland), and battery operated lights and these tend to go on deep discount at CVS and Walgreen right after Christmas.
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Reply #3 - Dec 20th, 2013 at 3:53pm
 
Thank you for sharing some advices Smiley It will be my first time going to Mermaid Parade in June 2014. I am kind of nervous since I have not meet anyone that will go in June.
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Reply #4 - Jan 24th, 2014 at 2:15pm
 
DeafMermaid wrote on Dec 20th, 2013 at 3:53pm:
Thank you for sharing some advices Smiley It will be my first time going to Mermaid Parade in June 2014. I am kind of nervous since I have not meet anyone that will go in June.


Great! Can't wait to see you there! Cheesy
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Reply #5 - Jun 23rd, 2014 at 7:23pm
 
There's also the matter of "Bribes" to consider. If you do wish to compete in one of the categories, then it helps to have a good bribe for the judges.

In addition to increasing the Fun quotient of the Parade, bribes serve as an "aide-mťmoire" for the judges. When you've got three groups all massed together passing the reviewing stand, and you can't see anyone's numbers, and bribes are coming at you from all sides, as a judge you *need* something to help you sort everyone out!

As an example of a probably perfect bribe, I submit to you the "Mermaid Card" lollipops presented by the Mermaid Transportation Authority workers.

1. They fit with the marcher's theme.
2. They were creative. The exact size of a MetroCard; on the back was a snippet of poetry (as in the MTA's "Poetry in Motion" posters) that referenced mermaids.
3. The marchers arrived early enough so that they were able to write their number on the back of each one - a HUGE help when filling out the ballots! We judges may not always hear the correct name of the marcher(s), but the number is always clear!
4. They were inexpensive. One bag of small lollipops, a dozen or so sheets of paper, a few man-hours merperson-hours of assembly... If they spent more than $30 and a weekend afternoon putting it all together, I'd be amazed.

The net result was - in my mind - one of the best bribes I've ever seen.

And this was my sixth year on the judge's stand....

I wish to heck I had kept one....

Richard
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