This year I'm not going to be home, watching the parade news on TV and going "I wish I went." Fuck it, I have a camera now and it needs to be out there. Mm...a ball afterwards. It's also great that Make Music New York is happening the same day. However, choosing from hundreds of performances is not easy. I'm sticking with the Punk Rock fest in Gov's Island. Was reading the Mermaid Parage message board and this one FAQ section cracked me up:
Q:I'm going to stand in the street in front of the reviewing stand and take pictures because I'm very important and I don't care what anyone says. I might also stand in the middle of the route and take pictures and hold up the Parade. What do you think about that? A: It's a free country and you can do what you want. But if you obstruct the Parade or the view from the reviewing stand, we will bodily remove you. We're running a parade and don't have time to think about your portfolio, your video project or how expensive your camera is. Many of our security guards are poorly paid neighborhood guys who have no problem shoving someone face down onto the pavement when they don't listen. if your nose, or camera, are broken in the process don't come crying to us when you were standing someplace that you shouldn't have.