After a couple of years of being held in different places based on the Coronavirus pandemic the time-honored Nathan’s hot dog eating contest was back on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenue’s in Coney Island. 2020 found the event going virtual and last year it was at the nearby baseball stadium but there is truly nothing like having this out on the street in front of the very first Nathan’s restaurant. As expected there were thousands in attendance and the heat of the day was about 85 degrees but sadly I would not be out there in the mix and instead was tuning in again from the household. Truth be told, despite my going to some concerts and conventions I’m not 100% there yet with a crowd like this one that is heaped on top of each other with barely an inch to breathe. I think the media gets placed in a special area of their own but having never looked into the whole thing I was not certain. The rallying was mostly behind the current and continued men’s champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut but there were a few notable contenders looking to unseat him. For the women, Miki Sudo was returning and looking to claim the belt back from last year’s champion Michelle Lesco. I am happy to report that both Chestnut and Sudo won their side of the competition.
Competitive Eaters from everywhere will vie for the Mustard Belt by eating as many Nathan’s Famous hot dogs as they possibly can. Once again this will be a publicly attended affair and back at the corner of the Nathan’s Famous establishment. As we always say, if you attend please order up a couple for us and then visit the beach and boardwalk.
Dear Friends of Coney Island USA:
It is with sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Mermaid Parade.
When we set the September date, we hoped that the Parade, the largest art parade in the nation and a point of civic pride for Coney Island, would represent a return to normalcy. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is not finished with us quite yet.
The Parade draws hundreds of thousands to Coney Island every year, including large numbers of children, many crowding onto mass transit for the ride out to Stillwell Avenue. It is the centerpiece of the CIUSA calendar, and we are very proud of the positive impact that the Parade has on our Coney Island community. However, the risks to our sponsors, patrons, community, and our wonderful staff—who have risen to every challenge—were too much to bear.
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Competitive Eaters from everywhere will vie for the Mustard Belt by eating as many Nathan’s Famous hot dogs as they possibly can. Once again this will be a publicly attended affair as vaccinations continue to happen and the pandemic slowly gets put behind us (we hope at least). If you are there in person be sure to order up a couple for us and then visit the beach.
The annual tradition of the hot dog eating content that is a staple of the Coney Island Nathan’s and the Fourth Of July was going to be a different experience entirely this year based on the Coronavirus Pandemic. Sure some places have re-opened to outside dining and some shopping but an event like this one draws in thousands as they watch their favorite eater consume the amazing hot dogs. Before the virus hit, I had hoped to be on the press line snapping photos since I’ve been doing so much lifestyle stuff here on “The Chronicles” but based on the world of now it was not going to be possible. This time only a handful of competitors from the men’s and women’s team assembled and were seperated by bit plexiglass dividers.