34th Annual Mermaid Parade commanded a packed boardwalk in Brooklyn’s Coney Island yesterday

Thousands headed to Surf Ave. in Coney Island yesterday for the 34th  annual Mermaid parade where King Neptune and a Queen Mermaid lead vibrant dancers and creatively costumed participants down Surf Ave. then around and back down along the boardwalk on a picture perfect day of 81 and clear. This Transformer made sure he stayed clear of the surf though so to not rust his gears.

This Transformer made sure he stayed clear of the surf though.
Participants wore scantily clad nautical costumes of their own creation as they paraded around Coney Island with thousands of on lookers.

From the parades site; The Mermaid Parade, a completely original creation of Coney Island USA, it’s the nation’s largest art parade and one of New York City’s greatest summer events. It’s like the Halloween Parade in summer.

A celebration of ancient mysticism, mythology and rock & roll of the seaside, it showcases over 3,000 creative costumes from all over the five boroughs and beyond, commencing the summer with incredible artwork, spirit and pride in community. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the masses, and ensures that the summer season is a success by bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area in a single day.

The MERMAID PARADE began in 1983 with 3 goals in mind: To bring 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.

Unlike most parades, this one has no ethnic, religious, or commercial aims. It’s a major New York holiday invented by artists! An American version of the summer-solstice celebration, it takes pride of place with West African Water Festivals and Ancient Greek and Roman street theater. It’s features participants dressed in hand-made costumes based on themes and categories set by us. 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.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


King Neptune on the right and his Mermaid Queen on the left.
Pasties were in high demand at the 34th annual Mermaid parade yesterday in Brooklyn’s Coney Island.
Smiles were the Costume accessory worn by all participants and on lookers alike.
Each participant bore their own style and unique expression stopping to pose for my camera as they strolled by me at yesterday’s Mermaid Parade at Coney Island.
I think this guy was supposed to be Austin Powers but, I’m not sure. Anything and anyone went yesterday at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade yesterday.


Devil wings and Rainbow beard man at yesterday’s Mermaid Parade.
A couple of participants showing support for the recent attack at a gay night club in Orlando Fla.
Many participants holding banners promoting their cause parading down the boardwalk at yesterday’s 34th annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.
It was up to the imagination yesterday at the #MermaidParade2016
Bands and musicians playing music as on lookers waved and danced on a beautiful 81 degree day yesterday at the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island.
A day for everyone to be who ever they want to be, participant or on looker.
Long wigs and fishnets were the host of the day at yesterday’s #MermaidParade2016


St Patrick’s Day meets double DD dolphins on the boardwalk in Coney Island yesterday under perfect weather conditions at this years Mermaid Parade.
Artistic mack-up and Asian style umbrella’s were a common accessory at the #MermaidParade2016
Body paint of all colors with seashell bathing suit tops and plenty of smiles parading down the boardwalk at Coney Island.
A tattoo of 2 of the Beatles on the arm of one of the participants in the 34th annual Mermaid Parade yesterday in Coney Island
Friendly Octopus faces and waving tentacles were abundant in Coney Island. The bars and restaurants were over flowing and had to turn people away or wait on line for hours.
Barracuda fangs but, don’t get too close at yesterday’s #MermaidParade2016
Maidens and Mermaids posing for cameras on the boardwalk at Coney Island.
Even Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and their Sea of Change paraded down the boardwalk after the marchers looped around off Surf Ave, where many of the floats and cars had to bail.

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Cat April Watters

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