The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. More than 3,000 creatives and over half-a-million parade-goers descend upon the festive, seaside neighborhood located in Brooklyn, New York to celebrate ancient mythology, creative expression, and community pride. The parade was founded in 1983 by the non-profit arts organization Coney Island USA.
The 37th annual iteration of the parade will start at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue and roll east to West 10th Street. At West 10th Street, the parade then turns south towards the boardwalk. Cars and Motorized Floats continue down Surf Avenue, passing W. 10th Street and exiting the parade. At the Boardwalk, the marchers and push-pull floats turn west and head towards West 17th Street. At Steeplechase Plaza, the Parade disbands.
Immediately after the last participant passes the review stand at West 19th and Surf Avenue, parade founder Dick D. Zigun leads the King and Queen procession from the review stand at 19th and Surf Avenue, through MCU Parking lot, and on to the beach for the official Beach Ceremony, officially opening the beach for the summer swimming season.
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is a one of a kind New York City event. Don’t miss it!
You can find more information about the parade here.
You can read all about our experience at the 2017 parade here.