The Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Brooklyn, New York City
One of my absolute favorite parades is taking place this coming Saturday and I cannot wait to attend! I go to this parade almost every year because it is one of the most outrageous and (in my opinion) unique parades that exists here in New York City. Where else can you find people dressed as mermaids, mermen, sea creatures in one spot? Every time I attend this parade my face hurts so much from smiling and laughing which is a total win in my book. :)
Click through to view a tiny fraction of the photos I took at last year’s Coney Island Mermaid Parade (I included 11 of my favorite photos). You can view the full set (with tons more photos) here in my Flickr set: The Coney Island Mermaid Parade .
About the parade (for the curious): Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, the not-for-profit arts organization that also produces the Coney island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island’s forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island.
The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression. The Parade is characterized by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, Coney Island post card or amusement ride, as well as antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and the odd yacht pulled on flatbed.
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