Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Coney Island Mermaid Parade in New York City
Coney Island Mermaid Parade in New York City

What I love most about travel is when you have an unexpected surprise thrown your way. Although pleasant surprises are certainly more appreciated than negative ones, I think a healthy dose of both really help you to grow as an individual.

Upon hearing about the Mermaid Parade from our New York City host, we decided to head all the way over to Cony Island from the top of Manhattan to check it out.

This annual mid June event, held since 1983, is one heck of a quirky parade focused primarily on the celebration of the arrival of summer.

Regardless of the weather, hundreds of thousands converge to either participate or witness what is going on.

What actually happens might you ask? In a nutshell, a whole lot of everything.

I witnessed signing, dancing, brawling and serious people watching. Performers were decked out in out of this world marine costumes with some choosing to wear less than others πŸ˜‰ You’ll definitely spot some going completely topless and a few bare bums along the way. The central theme is around Mermaids and sea creatures and what the performers are wearing puts Halloween costumes to shame.

Paying homage to Coney Island Mardi Gras parades this colorful spectacle is eye candy for those watching and absolute gold for the photographer/video enthusiast. I could barely put my camera down; however, I did make sure to take a few moments just to witness what was going on with my own two eyes.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade Travel Video

Mermaid Parade Photo Essay

Colorful mermaid watching the Coney Island Mermaid Parade in New York City

Colorful mermaid watching the Coney Island Mermaid Parade in New York City

One of many vintage cars that were making their way down the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

One of many vintage cars that were making their way down the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

A highly animated Mermaid parader driving a nice racing car down the street in New York City

A highly animated Mermaid parader driving a nice racing car down the street in New York City

A group of paraders decked out in fancy marine costumes at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, New York City.

A group of paraders decked out in fancy marine costumes at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, New York City.

Uncle Sam was at The Mermaid Parade on Coney Island New York City

Uncle Sam was at The Mermaid Parade on Coney Island New York City

A little girl sitting on top of her Dad's shoulders watching the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

A little girl sitting on top of her Dad’s shoulders watching the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

A New York City baseball mascot pointing at the crowd as it parades down the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

A New York City baseball mascot pointing at the crowd as it parades down the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

A performer in a Mermaid costume waving as she walks down the street in New York City

A performer in a Mermaid costume waving as she walks down the street in New York City

A Mermaid parader looking for a few good seamen

A Mermaid parader looking for a few good seamen

Mermaid Parade Guide

When does The Mermaid Parade happen? Β Mid to late June annually

How much does it cost to attend Coney Island Mermaid Parade? Β Nada! Β It is absolutely FREE

What should I bring with me to the parade? Β A hat, sunscreen, water and camera/video equipment

How many people attend? Β Hundreds of thousands come to watch and thousands perform

How do I get there? Β Take the metro from anywhere in New York via Brooklyn to Coney Island

Do you recommend I check it out? Β Absolutely! Β I’d go again myself if I ever have the opportunity πŸ˜‰

 

Join the Conversation

28 Comments

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. says: Cab Berkeley

    The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. 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.

  2. says: Alouise

    The Mermaid Parade looks like a blast. I was in NYC in June a few years ago, but I think I missed the parade by a few days, will need to go back and check it out one day.