The Mermaid Parade at Coney Island
( June 17, 2017 )
June 17 at 11:00 AM
The Mermaid Parade at Coney Island is one of the most fun things that happens in New York. What’s great about it is that it is unique to Coney Island. This year we’re going to bring as many as 20 people on bright yellow bicycles. Meet us at the Loudest Yeller Shop at 9:30 to dress up our bikes. Be sure to wear a costume with a Mermaid theme. See instagram #mermaidparade to get ideas. At 11:00 we’ll get rolling and through Brooklyn all the way there. We’ll have coffee and pastries in the morning for everyone. We’ll also supply cardboard, paper, tinfoil and paint for decorating the bikes. We’ll watch the parade, eat some food, drink some beer and dance a bit and then hit the beach before taking the train home. We’ll probably come back around 7pm.
The Mermaid Parade
Here’s more about the Mermaid Parade from their website:
A completely original creation of Coney Island USA, the Mermaid Parade is the nation's largest art parade and one of New York City's greatest summer events. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 3,000 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the masses, and ensures that the summer season is a success by bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area in a single day. The MERMAID PARADE specifically was founded in 1983 with 3 goals: it brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune ; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.
Unlike most parades, this one has no ethnic, religious, or commercial aims. It’s a major New York holiday invented by artists! An American version of the summer-solstice celebration, it takes pride of place with West African Water Festivals and Ancient Greek and Roman street theater. It's features participants dressed in hand-made costumes based on themes and categories set by us. This creates an artistic framework on which artists can improvise, resulting in the flourishing of frivolity, dedication, pride, and personal vision that has become how New York celebrates summer. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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