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Mermaid Parade

October 24 @ 8:00 am

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Mermaid Parade (October 24, 2023) in Coney Island, New York. This parade is the largest mermaid parade in the world, and it features hundreds of mermaids and mermen parading down the streets of Coney Island.

Since its inception in 1983, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade has been a cherished tradition that has attracted countless New Yorkers and visitors from all corners of the country and the world. This annual event, organized by Coney Island USA, a non-profit arts organization in the heart of the iconic Coney Island amusement district, has transformed into an extraordinary community celebration that is truly one of a kind.

Inspired by yesteryear’s vibrant Mardi Gras parades, the Mermaid Parade has become the quintessential summer event in New York City. Originally conceptualized by Dick Zigun, the former Artistic Director of CIUSA, it has grown into the largest art parade in the nation, captivating both locals and tourists alike. It serves as the official opening of summer, infusing the city with excitement and anticipation for the warmer months ahead.

This extraordinary parade, which pays homage to a century of Coney Island’s innovative spirit, revelry, and grandeur, truly showcases the artistic vision of the masses. From the moment the procession begins, you can expect to witness a breathtaking display of creativity and imagination. The parade features a marvelous array of participants, including the regal King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, fantastical sea creatures, enchanting merfolk, spirited marching bands, and energetic dancing groups. But the creativity doesn’t stop there! Baby strollers also enthrall you transformed into works of art and magnificent mechanized floats that grace the streets. It is a testament to the limitless bounds of human imagination and the artistic prowess within the five boroughs’ vibrant communities and beyond.

Not only does the Mermaid Parade ignite a true celebration of exceptional artistry, but it also catalyzes the entrepreneurial spirit of New York City. Drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area provides a substantial economic boost to the local businesses, ensuring a successful summer season for all. This dynamic event would not be possible without the support of public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, demonstrating the city’s commitment to fostering and nurturing the arts.

For those who want to relive the magic of the past Mermaid Parades, we invite you to take a delightful trip down memory lane. Explore the captivating photos and stories of the parade’s esteemed Royalty, capturing the essence of each year’s unique celebration and the spirit of Coney Island’s rich history.

Join us in continuing this cherished tradition, embracing the vibrant and inclusive nature of the Mermaid Parade. Mark your calendars and prepare to be enchanted as we celebrate the artistic expression, entrepreneurial drive, and community pride that makes New York City the cultural melting pot that it is.

Remember, the Mermaid Parade is more than just a parade—it’s a celebration of our collective imagination and the enduring spirit of Coney Island. Come and experience the magic for yourself, and be part of this extraordinary event that has become integral to New York City’s cultural fabric.


October 24
8:00 am
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