Sirens' Song Gallery and Greenport BID are once again teaming up to present an ode to the sea during the annual East End Maritime Festival
. On Saturday, September 23 at 11 a.m., The Merry Merfolk Parade will make its way through Greenport in support of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County.
Those interested in joining the Merfolk should plan on going all out with their ensemble. (Courtesy Photo)
"We are looking forward to another fun Merry Merfolk Parade, and marching in support of our Marine Meadows
," shared Kimberly Barbour, Marine Program Outreach Manager, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. "The underlying goal of this event is to raise awareness of the importance of our marine environment, specifically our eelgrass habitat."
In addition to NJROTC cadets, the Greenport school band, ELIH pink ladies, elected officials, local, civic and cultural organizations, volunteers from the firefighter Fire Boat, San Simeon, and the Fathers of Saint Anargyroi Greek Church, you'll find Merfolk, and you're invited to march alongside the mythical creatures.
Those interested in joining the Merfolk should plan on going all out with their ensemble. "After this year's parade, costumes will be judged in Mitchell Park by a panel that will include Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski," Barbour explained. Awards for most creative, most frightening, most imaginative, most literary, and more will be given out.
A special workshop will be held after the awards ceremony. "All participants are welcomed to help us weave eelgrass shoots into burlap planting units at our Marine Meadows Workshop," Barbour said. "These will be planted by our dive team as part of our efforts to restore local eelgrass meadows."
The beloved Merry Merfolk Parade typically attracts nearly 3,500 attendees and there is no fee to register to participate.
"We ask that all participants register in advance as we have a limited amount of space in the parade," Barbour noted. "It's free to register, but please do so prior to the event at ccesuffolk.org
For more information about the Maritime Festival, visit www.eastendseaport.org.
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