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Mermaid Parade

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Surf Ave & W 10th St Brooklyn NY 11224 USA

The Mermaid Parade is the nation's largest art parade and one of New York City's greatest summer events. It 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 characterised by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, and old Coney Island postcard or amusement rides; the parade also includes antique cars, marching bands, drill teams , and the odd yacht pulled on a flatbed. From 1903 to 1954, Coney Island celebrated Mardi Gras; the Mermaid Parade, founded in 1983, commemorates that celebration.

Credits: Photos by Elaine Norman. Music by the "Coney Island Bard," Amos Wengler. (2:16)