For nearly 35 years, Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade has been a beloved tradition that promotes creativity, fun and seaside excitement.
The nation’s largest art parade, The Mermaid Parade showcases over 3,000 individuals from all over the five boroughs (and beyond) who all share in a deep appreciation of art, entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering love of Coney Island.
The Mermaid Parade was founded in 1983 with 3 goals:
- To bring mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune
- To create self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”
- To allow artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public
Unlike most parades around the world, this one has no ethnic, religious, or commercial aim. It’s a major New York City holiday invented by artists for artists, the creative, and everybody to just let loose, have fun and express themselves however they see fit.
According to Coney Island USA, “[The Mermaid Parade] features participants dressed in hand-made costumes based on themes and categories set by Coney Island USA. 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.”
Mermaid Parade 2016
Date: June 18, 2016
Time: Begins at 1pm
Where: The Parade will start on West 21st and Surf Avenue. It will roll East to West 10th Street, the marchers and push pull floats will go to the Boardwalk and march to Steeplechase Plaza, where the Parade will disband.
Route: View here