Mermaids Come Out of Their Shells for Coney Island Parade

The Mermaid Parade was founded in 1983 to promote the historic amusement park district and what Coney Island advocate Dick Zigun calls its "wacky art." The parade now has a global following and is staged each year on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice.

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Revelers attend the Annual Mermaid Parade held in Coney Island on June 22, 2019, in New York City.
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A reveler marches during the Annual Mermaid Parade held in Coney Island on June 22, 2019, in New York City.
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Revelers attend the Annual Mermaid Parade held in Coney Island on June 22, 2019, in New York City.
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A reveler marches during the Annual Mermaid Parade held in Coney Island on June 22, 2019, in New York City.
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A reveler marches in the Annual Mermaid Parade held in Coney Island on June 22, 2019, in New York City.
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Revelers attend the Annual Mermaid Parade held in Coney Island on June 22, 2019, in New York City.
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