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On Saturday, we joined “Hands Across the Sand” on Coney Island’s Beach. The June 26th event was part of a worldwide protest against offshore drilling. The line in the sand included people who had come to Coney Island specifically for the noontime protest as well as beach-goers who spontaneously joined the event. Look for more photos in our flickr set.

Hands Across the Sand: Coney Island joins worldwide protest against offshore drilling. June 26, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Hands Across the Sand: Coney Island joins worldwide protest against offshore drilling. June 26, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Charles Denson and Jimmy Prince Join Hands Across the Sand. Coney Island, June 26, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Charles Denson and Jimmy Prince Join Hands Across the Sand. Coney Island, June 26, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Hands Across the Sand: Coney Island joins worldwide protest against offshore drilling. June 26, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Hands Across the Sand: Coney Island joins worldwide protest against offshore drilling. June 26, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Hands Across the Sand: Coney Island joins worldwide protest against offshore drilling. June 26, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Hands Across the Sand: Coney Island joins worldwide protest against offshore drilling. June 26, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

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Mermaids carrying signs that said “Oil Makes My Scales Fall Off!” were among the dozens of BP oil spill-themed groups in Saturday’s Mermaid Parade. This Saturday at 11 am, New Yorkers will have a chance to join “Hands Across the Sand” on Coney Island’s Beach in an international protest against offshore drilling. According to a map on the group’s website, the event is being held on June 26 in all 50 states and 20 countries. Participants will gather at 11 am and join hands at 12 noon in their local time zones.

A statement on Hands Across the Sand NYC’s Facebook page says: “In the wake of the catastrophic BP OIL SPILL that has devastated the Gulf of Mexico and put the entire North Atlantic Ocean at risk: JOIN thousands around the world and draw OUR line in the sand: NO to OFFSHORE DRILLING/YES to CLEAN ENERGY.”

Hands Across the Sand began in February in Seaside, Florida, with a chain of people standing hand in hand on the beach to symbolize a wall of opposition to offshore drilling in Florida. The BP oil spill spurred the creation of Saturday’s worldwide event. Hands Across the Sand on Coney Island’s beach is one of 645 events being held in the U.S. on June 26.

Mermaid Parade 2010: Oil Makes My Scales Fall Off! Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Mermaid Parade 2010: Oil Makes My Scales Fall Off! June 19, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

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Mermaid Parade 2009: Metrocard Chrysler Building Mermaid. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Mermaid Parade 2009: Metrocard Chrysler Building Mermaid. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

If you’re coming to Coney Island to see the Mermaid Parade, we recommend taking the subway ( F, Q to West 8th Street; D, F, N, Q to Stillwell Ave) as this Metrocard Chrysler Building Mermaid did last year. Or take your submarine….

Mermaid Parade 2009: Yellow Submarine Merman. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Mermaid Parade 2009: Yellow Submarine Merman. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

If you want to avoid traffic jams, leave your car at home! Although parking is available at MCU Park, New York Aquarium and private lots, Mermaid Day is one of Coney’s busiest days of the season. If you must come by car and want to avoid traffic jams, we recommend parking a few subway stops away and then hopping on the train. Bicycling is also the way to go!

Mermaid Parade 2009: Rabbi Abraham Abraham & Bob Stewart of the Coney Island Ice Breakers.  Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Mermaid Parade 2009: Rabbi Abraham Abraham & Bob Stewart of the Coney Island Ice Breakers. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

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