Since 1983 the Coney Island Mermaid Parade has been a cultural hit and consistently is one of Brooklyn’s biggest attractions, bringing in upwards of 830,000 attendees some years. And this year, it’s making its return on Saturday, June 17!
It brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.
Here’s everything you need to know:
What is the Coney Island Mermaid Parade?
The parade is a holiday invented by artists as “an American version of the summer solstice celebration.”
A celebration of ancient mythology, it showcases over 3,000 creative individuals from all five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit, and community pride that can’t be missed!
When is the parade?
The parade will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 17!
Where is the parade?
The parade begins at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue.
What is the parade route?
The parade route is as follows:
- The Parade will start at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue
- 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.
How can I join the parade?
Those who would like to participate in the parade can do so by registering here.
Attending the parade is totally free for those who don’t want to actually participate in the parade, but whether you’re participating or just watching, all are encouraged to come decked out in your most sparkly sea-inspired outfit.
For more information head to their website.