2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade

coney-island-mermaid-parade-new-yorkIt’s that time of year again- the beach, the costumes, the fun!  The Mermaid Parade will be happening in Coney Island on June 21st at 1pm.  This is the largest art parade in the nation and features over 1,500 creative individuals.  The King Neptune and Queen Mermaid this year, who serve as the parade grand marshals, will be Dante and Chiara DeBlasio.  The 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.  The Parade will start at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue and head 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. The Parade will disband At Steeplechase Plaza.  For more information, click here- http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade