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The full guide to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Head to Surf Avenue for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, featuring King Neptune, Queen Mermaid and vibrant marchers

Photograph: Luciana Golcman
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The Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016 is almost here! The annual parade is one of NYC’s freakiest, most iconic New York attractions and one of the best 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. Head down to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade this summer and enjoy an afternoon at one of the best New York beaches!

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When is the Coney Island Mermaid Parade?

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade takes place Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 1pm.

Where is the Coney Island 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.

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