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The Mermaid Parade

June 18, 2016

Coney Island, NY

Coney Island pageantry comes to life at the Mermaid Parade, an annual gathering of more than 3,000 participants who march through the area in the country’s largest art parade. The event originally began as a way for residents on Neptune and Mermaid Streets to embrace mythology, but has become a venue in which creative New Yorkers to express their talents in an otherwise disregarded neighborhood. Every year, King Neptune and Queen Mermaid are crowned and parade through the streets with costumed and body painted revelers feeling the aquatic love.

Admission: FREE to watch, $25 to march. Visit coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade.

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