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Why You Won’t Want to Miss the Coney Island Mermaid Parade Next Year

Woman at Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016What could be a better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade? For the last 33 years, the parade has ushered in the summer spirit on the Saturday closest to June 21st, the official start of the season.

To get a sense of the fête, imagine thousands of happy people lining Surf Avenue to watch revelers strut in wildly imaginative (dare I say, over-the-top) costumes, amidst a bevy of painted floats and antique cars. Sounds fun right?

Nearby, the famous boardwalk, a smorgasbord of delicious junk food (deep-fried Oreos, funnel cakes and Nathan’s hot dogs are some of my favorites), and a concourse of amusement park rides, round out the festivities. It’s a great way to pass the day and if you plan on being in New York next June, don’t miss it.

A few tips:

  • If you’re coming from Manhattan, take the subway, don’t bother with a taxi (too expensive) or a car (parking is a nightmare). The F, D, N, and Q lines are a straight shot to Stillwell Avenue. Leave yourself at least 45 minutes to an hour for the trip.
  • The parade starts at 1pm, but get there a lot earlier if you want to snag decent real-estate along the route. People don’t kid around. Families were having full on tailgate parties without their cars. Many brought coolers, food, chairs and police tape to rope off their areas.
  • There’s no shade, be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat or else you’ll get fried.
  • If you don’t like being jostled by crowds you might want to skip this altogether. The streets are packed and near the boardwalk it’s slow going.
  • Depending on your sensitivities, be advised, there’s a lot of flesh on display in case that’s an issue for you or your children.

Here are some highlights from this year’s celebration…

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On of the many antique cars that rolled down Surf Avenue

Man dressed as a mermaid at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Sexy.

Ariel Mermaid at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

One of the many Ariel look-a-likes at the parade.

Man with a fish head at Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

 

Fans watching the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Fans arrived early to snag a spot on Surf Avenue along the parade’s route, setting down chairs, coolers and blankets.

Women in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

I thought this was a cute concept: The woman on the left was the fished hooked by the fisherwoman on the right.

Woman selling beads at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

No self-respecting parade would be complete without someone selling beads and necklaces to the crowd

Two women dressed as mermaids at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

There were a lot of boobs on display.

Naked woman at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

I have no words.

Pink Mermaid at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

 

Coney IslandWoman dressed as a polarbear mermaidMermaid Parade 2016These polar bear boobs signify that this pretty lady is a member of the Coney Island Polar Bear club: The oldest winter bathing organization in the United States. Crazy right?

Kids on seahorse scooters at theConey Island Mermaid Parade 2016-6725

I loved that kids of all ages got into the action.

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Woman and her baby walking in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

 

Baby fast asleep at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

How is it that some babies can sleep through anything?

Closeup of fishtail on a mermaid costume at theConey Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Some of the costumes were extraordinary in their detail and craftsmanship

Pink mermaid at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

There was some interesting eyewear.

Woman dressed as an orange Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

 

Costume sea creatures at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

 

Man dressed as a pirate at the Mermaid fish tail costume at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Pirates were popular

Man dressed up at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

 

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And there were a variety of costumes that seemed off point but were entertaining nonetheless.

Man dressed as a Transformer at theConey Island Mermaid Parade 2016

A Transformer?  It was so hot that the tar from the street was melting. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for this guy.

Weird big eye costume at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Wha?

Leprecons at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

A viking with dolphin boobs and a leprechaun carrying a leprechaun?

People dressed as naked people at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Huh?

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