Coney Island is infamous for many things like the rides and attractions such as; the ever-famous Cyclone, the beach and boardwalk, Nathan’s Hot Dogs (and you can’t forget the Hot Dog Eating Contest every July 4th), and the Brooklyn Cyclones that play at MCU Park. However, the most memorable tradition in Coney Island is the annual Mermaid Parade. June 16th marked the 36th Annual Mermaid Parade and this was something else. Mother Nature was fully cooperative with absolutely beautiful weather for this outrageous parade. The streets surrounding Coney Island’s Surf Avenue were packed with thousands of people excited to watch this colorful parade. This parade started at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue and disbanded at Steeplechase Plaza.
If you have never been to this parade it is definitely worth your while to go and see it. This was my first time there and I did not know what to expect. There were street closures to vehicular traffic and it was hard to find a place to park, but it was well worth the time and effort.
Not only were the people who were in the parade and on floats dressed up, but many of the parade goers were dressed up as well. There were all types of people dressed up as Mermaids, Sailors and Mermen (According to Wikipedia, “Mermen are mythical male equivalents and counterparts of mermaids.”). Adults and children alike were dressed up for this glamorous event. The floats were so colorful and bright; there were floats of Mermaids, Mermaids on a boat, and Mermaids on a fish and even a Sandcastle. Surf Avenue was like a sea full of colorful floats.
Photos By: Pamela Stern