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The 42nd Annual Mermaid Parade

June 22


The Mermaid Parade at Coney Island is a whimsical and vibrant celebration that captures the creative and eclectic spirit of New York City’s seaside playground. Held annually, this beloved event is the nation’s largest art parade, attracting thousands of participants and spectators who come together to revel in the fantastical and the extraordinary. Adorned in imaginative costumes inspired by mythical sea creatures, mermaids, and oceanic themes, participants march down Surf Avenue in a dazzling display of creativity and community. The parade’s festive atmosphere is enhanced by the lively performances, colorful floats, and the joyful participation of people of all ages.

Founded in 1983, the Mermaid Parade has become an iconic event, embodying the free-spirited and inclusive culture of Coney Island. It celebrates artistic expression and individuality, inviting everyone to take part in the spectacle, whether by marching in the parade or cheering from the sidelines. Beyond the procession, the festivities continue with live music, dance, and a variety of family-friendly activities that capture the charm and eccentricity of this historic amusement district. The Mermaid Parade is not just an event; it’s a celebration of creativity, community, and the enduring magic of Coney Island.

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Coney Island
1208 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224 United States
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