Log In   ·   Become A Member

East End Merry Merfolk Invited To Partake In Annual East End Maritime Festival Parade

Nicole Barylski

The Parade's goal is to raise awareness of the shellfish and habitat restoration work of CCE Marine Program's Back to the Bays Initiative. (Courtesy Photo)

The Merry Merfolk Parade will once again parade down Front Street and travel through the Village of Greenport as part of the East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation's 29th Annual East End Maritime Festival. Presented by Sirens' Song Gallery and Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, this year's Parade will take place on Saturday, September 22, stepping off at 11 a.m.

"This is our 4th year working with event founder Sirens' Song Gallery to be the featured beneficiary organization of the Merry Merfolk Parade," Kimberly Barbour, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Suffolk County, Marine Program Outreach Manager, noted. "We are grateful for the opportunity to use the parade as a platform for outreach and education. Parade sponsorship opportunities are available and proceeds help support our work to give back to the bays."

Attendees may show their adoration for local waters during the annual celebration of local maritime heritage by donning a creative costume inspired by their most beloved oceanic creature, merperson or even pirate. There will be an awards ceremony following the Parade - with awards bestowed for the best costume in each category - so make sure to really go all out.

"For this year's parade we will focus on raising awareness of the shellfish restoration efforts we are conducting through the Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project," Barbour explained. "We'll have a special costume contest category for the best dressed bivalve! Judges include Leg. Al Krupski, Southold Town Trustee Nick Krupski, Greenport Village Trustee Mary Bess Phillips, and our very own Marine Program Director Chris Pickerell." The Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project's goal is to enlarge existing public shellfish hatcheries, as well as plant shellfish at sanctuary sites.

Additionally, Merry Merfolk Parade commemorative mugs will be available for purchase both onsite and online, and proceeds from sales will support Cornell Cooperative Extension's Back to the Bays Initiative, which aims to get the community more involved in integral projects like water quality protection initiatives, habitat improvement projects, shellfish and finfish research and restoration and more.

"We have some great prizes so register today and get to work on designing your costume!" Barbour shared.

There is no admission fee to participate in The Merry Merfolk Parade, however registration is required to march.

The 29th Annual East End Maritime Festival will take place on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Land & Sea Gala Benefit will kick-off the festivities on Friday, September 21. For more information, visit www.eastendseaport.org.

For more information about The Merry Merfolk Parade, visit ccesuffolk.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
What color is a banana?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.

Burner Law Group, P.C.
Burner Law Group, P.C. are full service elder law attorneys concentrating in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law. Offices in East Setauket‚ NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, and New York, NY.

Suburban Propane in Bridgehampton, New York has been serving proudly supporting our community for 90 years.
Suburban Propane has been serving the energy needs for home owners and business in the Hampton’s for decades. We offer friendly service by local professionals you know and trust, plus the peace of mind that comes from knowing we are among the leaders in the industry for safety.