Wet and Wild: The Coney Island Mermaid Parade

I love visiting new places, but events like The Mermaid Parade, make me feel lucky to live so close to New York and all it has to offer.  Attending The Mermaid Parade was a big check on my New York Summer Bucket List.

The Wet

After seeing pictures of last year’s sunny parade, I was a little worried that weekend’s rainy weather would ruin the event.  It poured for an hour straight before the start of the parade.  My husband and I huddled under of umbrella (unwilling to give up our spot despite the fact that there was hardly any one the street).  Meanwhile, nearly everyone else took shelter in nearby restaurants.  Miraculously the weather cleared up right around the parade’s planned start time.

Photographers and marchers outside Nathan’s (before the rain started)
You can stand under my umbrella


Taking shelter from the rain

The Wild

The parade itself is a labor of love and a celebration.  According to the official website:

The MERMAID PARADE specifically was founded in 1983 with 3 goals: 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.

For a fee, anyone in costume can march in the parade.  It reminded me a bit a the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade (although a much more chill version), as it is an opportunity for “regular” New Yorkers to put their creativity and wit on display.

Hope to share the parade with you next year.   Let me know what you think is the most unique parade or festival in your area.



4 thoughts

    1. Very cool. I hope to keep posting about some interesting local spots in New Jersey. I also like the site newjerseyinterestingboring.com for local events.

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