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While it's always sad for Rockaway to part with summer, I think most people are ready to turn up, pay homage to the sea, and put a glittery exclamation point on the muggy summer of 2018! This Saturday, it's time for the fourth annual Poseidon’s Parade, and it looks to be a great one. The Rockaway Mermaid Brigade, coming off yet another Coney Island Mermaid Parade win, has been working hard to facilitate Rockaway’s annual art stroll on the boards.

The event will kick off this Saturday, September 22, at high noon on the boardwalk at Beach 106th Street. Caracas will be cranking out signature dishes and drinks for the costumed nautical nutjobs as they put some last minute touches on their costumes and floats. Paraders will be treated to the music of The BEasy Band, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Spectators will line the boardwalk from Beach 106th to Beach 94th to soak in the costumes, dances, pets, floats, and music that this yearly event brings to the rock. Rockaway will come alive one last time in celebration of Poseidon and another magical summer!

I tried to sit down with the Queen Mermaid, Casey Butler, who is ready to facilitate the parade even while carrying a mer-child. She was putting some final touches on the coveted trophies when the Rockaway Brigade Communications Director handed me a press release and asked me to leave: “This year we are awarding trophies in the following categories: ‘Best Adult Group,’ ‘Best Float,’ ‘Best Musical Group,’ ‘Best Pet,’ ‘Best Recycled Costume,’ ‘Best Bar or Restaurant,’ ‘Best Bicycle,’ ‘Best Children’s Group,’ ‘Best Wagon or Baby Carriage,’ and the highly competitive ‘Best Block.’ The judges have been handpicked using our secret social formula, and the brigade is ready!” 

I also contacted Brigade Captain Geoff Rawling, whose amazing recreation of Whalemenia led the brigade to its eighth Mermaid Parade win. He told me that Whalemenia will be at the parade. I tried to get more details, but his goons, Jerry and Tony, kicked me out of their shady car lot. I guess there's no time for the media when there's a parade to run!           

As usual, MC Jimmy Dowd, the judges, and DJ Kuff Daddy Dollars will all be in rare form at the end of the parade at the plaza on Beach 94th Street.

This family-friendly free-for-all is an amazing display of Rockaway’s creativity. The organizers want people to be able to express themselves, enjoy themselves, and embrace the amazingly creative community that Rockaway is blossoming into. There will be tons of after-parties and musical acts from Solshyne at Low Tide Bar to Otis Day and the Knights at Rustwoods. Tell all your friends from out of town to come to the rock for one more bash!

The brigade asked me to remind everyone to register online at Poseidonsparade.com before Saturday. There will also be a registration table at Caracas at 10 a.m. for last-minute mermaids. The Brigade sent one final press release: “We would like to thank everyone who has worked hard to make this parade a hit. The parade is made possible by contributions from individuals and businesses at fundraisers such as Poseidon's Prom, volunteer artists and musicians, the great people at the Parks Department and local civic associations, and a grant from the Queens Council for the Arts.”

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