Poseidon Prom 2017:  Ship of Fools


After a well-deserved hibernation, The Rockaway Mermaid Brigade (RMB) has awoken just in time for “Poseidon's Prom, Ship of Fools” on April Fool’s Day, Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street! This yearly fundraiser for Poseidon's Parade is a celebration of local art, music, business, community, and all things mermaid.  The event helps make the parade a true spectacle!

I met up with Casey Brouder and Alex Cannon, the Queen mermaids, for an exclusive Rockaway Times interview.  In full mermaid glitter and garb, they gave me the low down on the throw down. “This is a celebration of the creative community of Rockaway Beach,”  they explained in unison.  “We want people to come in costume and celebrate our wonderful local businesses and artists.” 

DJ Paddy Tubz will be rocking the event, which is hosted by The Knights of Columbus.  “After last year’s intense dancing, we have been advised to expand the dance floor,” Brouder explained.  “There are also rumors of special musical performances by members of Indabumpkin, the official band of the RMB.” 

In addition to music and dancing, the event turns the hall into a massive local art gallery. Geoff Rawling aka “El Capitan,” will have many featured pieces for the event. After his kidnapping by Mexican art thugs in the mystical mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, Rawling is in a posh induced creative groove. He refused to be interviewed, due to his trancelike creative state. Rawling will add to a trove of local art that will be on display and on sale!

Local businesses have generously donated to the event.  At the time of press, Healy’s, Zingara Vintage, Whit’s End, Vinnyasa Yoga, Glorified Tomato, PaintParty NYC, Bungalow Bar, Crom Fitness, Burn Fitness, Connolly’s, The Wharf, Healy’s, Thai Rock, End of the A, Pico, JKS Print Shop, and Hawk Eye Photography have all generously donated prizes for the silent auction.  Alex Cannon, the webmaster, ticketmaster, and graphics master stated: “It’s great to see so many businesses in the neighborhood contributing to the parade.”  Coney Island Brewing Company has also generously donated beer!  Additionally, John Cori has been selling raffles for a large piece of art that is currently on display at Rockaway Roasters.  And of course, The Rockaway Times offers prime editorial space!

The event is capped off when DJ Paddy Tubz announces the prom king and queen, who lead the parade in September.  Last year’s king and queen, Jerry Rea and Vinchenzo Bonnano, will have to pass their crowns to this year’s winners.  Hopefully it will be a peaceful transfer of power!

Tickets are available online at poseidonsprom2017.brownpapertickets.com and at the door. The $40 ticket includes open bar and appetizers, in addition to a wild night of art, music, prizes, dances, and a Mermaid Brigade slideshow!  Let the games begin!

The 3rd Annual Poseidon’s Parade will take place on the boardwalk sometime in September.

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