Coney Island

Mermaid Parade this weekend

June 21, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CONEY ISLAND — THE ANNUAL CONEY Island Mermaid Parade is returning to the beachfront this Saturday, for its 42nd year of celebrating the neighborhood’s entertainers and artists, as well as its nautical roots. This year’s King Neptune and Queen Mermaid are painter Joe Coleman and longtime parade star Whitney Ward; the pair, wheeled in a 101-year-old wicker boardwalk chair, will usher the procession of elaborate floats, costumed revelers and other celebrants down Surf Avenue and along the boardwalk, then conduct a ceremony officially marking the start of the summer. 

The parade kicks off on Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. on West 21st Street and Surf Avenue, while the beach ceremony will take place around 5 p.m. following the parade; more details and registration information for prospective merfolk can be found online on Coney Island USA’s website.

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