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.
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is great 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. See the detailed route on Google Maps, or right here:
* The Parade will roll east to West 10th Street
* At West 10th Street the Parade will turn south towards the boardwalk
* Cars and Motorized Floats continue down Surf Ave. passing W. 10th Street and exit the parade.
* At the Boardwalk, the marchers and push-pull floats will turn west and head towards West 17th St.
* At Steeplechase Plaza, the Parade will disband. – See more at: http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade#sthash.X8BPAj0r.dpuf
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.