As the snow keeps falling, it’s important to remind ourselves that summer does exist, will come, and is right around the corner. Members of the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade do not require such a reminder, as they are incessantly in a state of meticulous preparation for the much-anticipated Rockaway summer. While the air is still bustling with uncertainty, uneasiness and the frost of February, the Brigade has its sails set for calmer seas, and a return to the type of abnormality that defines this beach community.
Under “normal” times, the Brigade would be preparing its yearly invasion of the Knights of Columbus for, what would be, the fifth annual Poseidon’s Prom. They would be preparing to crown a king and queen. They would be purchasing glitter and aquatic decorations, and they would be begging Florida’s newest real estate tycoon, DJ Paddy Tubz, to fly up north to light up the dance floor. However, these times are anything but normal, and as Hunter S. Thompson aptly stated, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” As expected, Rockaway’s favorite weirdos are prepared to go pro.
This year, instead of harassing all of the small businesses in the neighborhood for donations for the prom raffle, the Brigade has decided to pay homage to all of the small businesses that have helped get The Poseidon’s Parade off the ground each year. The Brigade is proud to announce that they are raffling off a cash prize to a lucky local business supporter. The plan is simple. You can earn raffle tickets by supporting local businesses. On March 19, the Brigade’s favorite internet sensation, and running prom queen, “TheGingerLadd” will draw a winner on her weekly podcast, and one lucky mer-person will win $500 provided by Poseidon’s Parade Inc.
Each week, a member of the Brigade will write an article about one of the businesses in the raffle, so keep checking The Rockaway Times to get in on the action! The raffle tickets were designed by former Rockaway artist, Marybef Rivera. “I just wanted to give back to the Rockaway community that I left behind so many years ago,” she stated from her perch in the snowy hills of Staten Island.
The Brigade wants you to stay tuned and help support the small businesses that make Rockaway the best neighborhood in NYC. You can earn raffle tickets at Pico RBNY, Bungalow Bar, Rockaway Hotel, Whit’s End, Rekindling Wellness, Burn Fitness, Thai Rock, Nurture You Wellness, JKS Printing, Hot Yoga Rockaway Beach, Ocean Bliss Yoga, Happy Jack’s, Healy’s, Betsy Bungalow, Rochelle’s Face Paint, Fat Cardinal Provisions, RBQ, Boarder’s Surfshop, Batesy’s BBQ, Kimos, Cuisine by Claudette, Thank You Café, Rockaway Brew Co., Sayra’s Wine Bar, Swell Life, Mara’s Ice Cream Parlor, and Uma’s. The Brigade will be reaching out to these businesses and sending them raffle tickets!
By Bert Sanders
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