One of my favorite parades to photograph in New York City is the Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade, which takes place next Saturday. It’s eccentric, urban Americana at its best and the atmosphere is one big party.
It’s not your average marching band type of parade. Participants dress up as various mermaids, King Neptunes and sea creatures. Many of the costumes are thematic and highly stylized, art on legs. Celebrity judges select winners for the honor of best mermaid, Neptune and float to name a few.
The parade is held to celebrate the start of summer. It begins at 2 p.m. To get there take the F, D, N, or Q subway lines to Stillwell Avenue, the last stop. Head to Surf Avenue. Here is a map.
Vampire Mermaid Coney Island