Mermaids and sea creatures are contributing swimmingly to the Kickstarter campaign to save this year's world famous Coney Island Mermaid Parade, which has reached close to half its goal of $100,000.
By Sunday night more than 1,000 backers had pledged $46,548, with 21 days to go before the effort closes.
Because of the damage Hurrican Sandy wreaked on Coney Island, parade organizers said the budget shortfall of $100,000 would probably spell doom to the wacky, exotic and anywhere else probably illegal symbol of all that is Coney.
There are lots of perks for contributors. Just a few examples: Those pledging $40 will receive seashell pasties. Starting at $100: A mega-pack of 3D Mermaid Parade photos by Jay K. and a pair of 3D viewing glasses, plus a mermaid swag pack.
Pledge $150 and you'll get a spot on the VIP deck. A pledge of $250 will buy you untold treasures, including partying and marching with the Sexcamaids and custom-made mermaid/merman gear.
Here's one we love: pledge $5,000 or more and receive a Private Personalized Porta-potty: "Why wait on line when you can sit like a king and/or queen on your throne? Special Mermaid-themed, air-conditioned port-a-potty with security to prevent the mer-serfs from getting in. Oh, and also it's a parade float."
With swag like this, it's no wonder the donations are pouring in.
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