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Coney Island will host the famous Mermaid Parade: why you should attend it


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New York's colorful Mermaid Parade returns to the Coney Island Boardwalk this month. It will be attended by 3000 people dressed in handmade nautical-themed costumes, reports 6qft.

The 42nd annual Mermaid Parade will take place on Saturday, June 22 at 13 p.m., rain or shine.

The Mermaid Parade is considered the unofficial start of summer in New York. It was founded by the nonprofit Coney Island USA in 1983 as a tribute to the Mardi Gras parades that had taken place in the area since the early XNUMXth century.

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Featuring ancient mythology and maritime rituals, including King Neptune and the Mermaid Queen, the parade showcases the city's unique creativity.

The event is considered the largest art parade in the country. Visitors can expect colorful costumes and floats, marching bands, dancing, vintage cars and more.


The parade will begin at 13:00 pm at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. From there, participants will walk east on Surf Avenue to West 10th Street, turn south toward the boardwalk, and head west to Steeplechase Plaza.

At 16 p.m., Adam Rinn, artistic director of Coney Island, will lead the procession to beach on 9th Street.

This year, the images of King Neptune and the Mermaid Queen will be played by artist Joe Coleman and his wife, photographer Whitney Ward. According to tradition, they will be carried in an antique wicker chair from 1923.

“Our king and queen this year is a dream come true. “I’ve been a fan of Joe Coleman’s work since I saw an article about him in a horror magazine 35 years ago,” Rinn said.

The Mermaid Parade was created to bring maritime mythology to life and give New Yorkers a space to express themselves.

Registration for the parade is from 10:00 am to 13:00 pm in the parking lot between 21st, 22nd Streets and Surf Avenue. Find out more about the parade here.

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