The Mermaid Parade returns to Coney Island in late summer


After a year of absence, parades in colorful costumes like this one will once again be seen on Surf Avenue and the Coney Island Boardwalk during the Mermaid Parade. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

He is back! After skipping its traditional festivities last year, the annual Mermaid Parade returns to Coney Island.

While the event typically takes place in June, this year’s historic event will close the summer season on Sunday, September 12.

“We were determined to produce a real parade this year, even if it meant hosting the event outside of its traditional June date,” said Dick Zigun, founder of the Mermaid Parade and founder and artistic director of Coney. Island USA.

“September is a safer month, and there is a long tradition here of ending the season on a high note. It is therefore the last day of the season with the rescuers: Sunday September 12, ”said Zigun.

Last year, the 38th Annual Mermaid Parade was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Coney Island USA, which hosts the parade, hosted its very first Tail-a-Thon of Mermaid Parade.

Dick Zigun, founder of the Mermaid Parade, in top hat, holds the drum during a past incarnation of the annual parade. With him is his wife, Princess Pat. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

It served as an online telethon and featured parade participants. Coney Island USA, which is dedicated to the cultural and economic revitalization of Coney Island, shared the donations with charities.

Then, last November, the organization participated in Macy’s redesigned Thanksgiving Parade (due to COVID-19) and received national attention. “The Mermaid Parade was thrilled to represent both Brooklyn as well as national bonkers, mavericks and performers at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade,” Zigun said at the time.

According to Coney Island USA, the Mermaid Parade will celebrate ancient mythology. As always, it will include marching bands, exercise teams, floats, vintage cars, and participants dressed in handmade costumes like mermaids, sea creatures, rides and Neptunes.


The parade will start at 1 p.m. at West 21st and Surf Avenue and continue down Surf Avenue to West 10th Street. It will then head south to the promenade, then return west to its end point at Steeplechase Plaza on the promenade.

This year’s Mermaid Queen and King Neptune will be transported through the parade in an antique wicker promenade wheelchair.

Previous queens and kings have included Harvey Keitel, Curtis Sliwa, Queen Latifah, then Borough President Marty Markowitz, satirist The Reverend Billy, musician-singer Moby, Lou Reed, civic leader Carlos Scissura, Blondie’s Arlo Guthrie and Deborah Harry.

After the parade, Zigun is expected to lead the procession through the Maimonides Park parking lot to the beach for the official beach ceremony and ocean closure for the summer swimming season.


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