The Mermaid Parade 2015 is almost here! This Coney Island parade is one of NYC’s freakiest, most iconic events and one of the best free things to do in the summer. Each year, thousands of spectators flock to Surf Avenue, Coney Island’s main drag, to watch King Neptune and Queen Mermaid lead a procession of beglittered seminude marchers in costumes through the neighborhood. Coney Island USA founder Dick Zigun began holding the parades in 1983, and it’s been a neighborhood mainstay ever since.
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When is the Mermaid Parade?
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade happens Saturday, June 18 2016, at 1pm.
Where is the Mermaid Parade?
The Mermaid Parade begins at Surf Avenue and W 21st Street, traveling along Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk before ending at Steeplechase Plaza. For the best chance of getting a good spot, show up by 11am. Or if you’re willing to shell out $150, you can become a Coney Island USA member and snag a spot in the covered Judge’s Stands.
Want to participate? You still have time: There are various registration levels—for families, “artsy marchers,” antique cars and more—and different fees apply for each one. All the details are available at Coney Island USA’s website. Be sure to stop by one of our favorite costume stores beforehand to get all the supplies you’ll need for a glitzy, glittery outfit.
The Mermaid Parade route map
Get the best views of the amazing costumes and floats at this year's Mermaid Parade with our handy map
Photos: Mermaid Parade 2015
Thousands of spectators flocked to Coney Island's Surf Avenue to celebrate one of NYC's most iconic summer events
Photos: Mermaid Parade 2014
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Photos: Mermaid Parade 2013
The annual costumed parade hasn't lost a beat since Superstorm Sandy
Photos: Mermaid Parade 2012
Check out a tidal wave of buxom mermaids, deranged looking mermen and all kinds of chimerical sea creatures