The fabulous Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016, when mermaids, mer-men and their fans take over the boardwalk, is next Saturday, June 18. It’s a family-friendly event that combines Mardi Gras and Halloween with Atlantic Ocean breezes.
Coney Island Mermaid Parade features costumes that range from creative to outrageous, plus marching bands and solo artists stepping out to the beat, and plenty of dancing in the streets.
This year’s Mermaid Queen is Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Hailey Clauson, surely to be more popular than the Mermaid Parade’s Neptune King, Carlo Scissura, head of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
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.
* The Parade rolls east to West 10th Street
* At West 10th Street the Parade turns 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.About The Mermaid Parade:
It was founded in 1983 with three goals: to bring mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune, create self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”, and allow artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public. Unlike most parades, this one has no ethnic, religious, or commercial aims.
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is a true NYC festival, an American version of the summer-solstice celebration, combining West African Water Festivals and Ancient Greek and Roman street theater. It features participants dressed in hand-made costumes based on themes and categories set by us. This creates an artistic framework on which artists can improvise, resulting in the flourishing of frivolity, dedication, pride, and personal vision that has become how New York celebrates summer.
The program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.