Mermaids, mer-men and their fans take over the Coney Island boardwalk today, Saturday, June 22. 2013, for the annual Mermaid Parade. Think of it as the summer version of Halloween, with costumes that range from creative to outrageous, plus marching bands and solo artists stepping out to the beat. You can also think of it as the Brooklyn version of Mardi Gras, with a king and queen and dancing in the streets. It’s all good fun, and it starts at 1 p.m., at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue, staying on Surf until West 10th Street, then marching to the Boardwalk, and back along the Boardwalk back to Stilwell.
Because of the damage to Coney Island by Superstorm Sandy, there was a question whether the Mermaid Parade would be held this year. But organizers raised enough money to hold the popular event. Find our more about the Coney Island Mermaid Parade here.