The nation’s largest art parade is the Mermaid Parade 30th anniversary celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression. The Parade is characterized by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, Coney Island post card or amusement ride, as well as antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and the odd yacht pulled on flatbed.
Generally the Parade is from Nathans to Astroland and back and will start at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue 2pm, it rolls east to West 10th Street, turns south towards the boardwalk, cars and motorized floats can park on West 10th Street, at the Boardwalk, the marchers and push-pull floats will turn west and head towards West 15th Street.
After the parade there is a ceremony by the ocean.
Coney Island USA is pleased to present the 10th Annual Mermaid Parade Ball, the official after-party of the Mermaid Parade, held at The New York Aquarium, Surf Ave. & West 8th Street, 7pm – 12:30am, 21 and over. The ball is a post-parade gathering where costumed parade participants can get together with each other and parade spectators to listen to live music, enjoy cocktails and watch burlesque and sideshow acts performed by some of New York City’s hottest performers.
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