Coney Island Mermaid Parade guide

Get your costumes ready: Find out about the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, which marches down Surf Avenue each year

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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 20 2015, 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.

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