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Bambi the Mermaid  the parade icon. During the Summer season, The Great Fredini and Bambi present  -Burlesque on the Beach- A revival of the most glorious and notorious of the "girlie revues" in Coney Island history. Check out her other site CornStar.com too!
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Dennis Felty has been photographing the parade for years.
Marty Cooper the Citylore photographer has a great gallery of parade photos.
Forgotten-NY.com has some great mermaid parade photos
 
 
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The Park hosts performances, marathons, circuses, and festivals in one of New York's most beautiful settings. Some events attract thousands of people, like the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival, New York Philharmonic performances, and the UniverSoul Circus. To find out what's going on in the Park please visit our Events Calendar or Events Listing.

 

 

 

 
 
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade began in 1983.  The Mermaid Parade celebrates the start of the Summer season, and plays homage to original Coney Island Mardi Gras parades in the early 20th century.
WHEN: It has taken place annually on the first  Saturday in June following Summer Solstice on June 21st
WHERE: Surf Ave
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Founded by Dick Zigun who also is founder of the Coney Island USA [coneyisland.com]. it is known for the Carnival spirit found New York's premier Village Halloween parade as well as Labor Day's  Brooklyn Carnival.
The parade has a section for vehicles of all kinds, floats, groups and individuals. Mermaids and sea creatures of all shapes and sizes enjoy a welcoming, festive crowd. Presiding over the parade are a mermaid King and Queen. In 2005 the King was David Johansen (Buster Poindexter) and the Queen was Karmen Guy (Mad Juana). Other years David Byrne, Queen Latifah, and Moby have filled the royal seats.

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Learn more about the Mermaid Parade in our Brooklyn Guide  

 
 
2007 marked the 25th anniversary of the Mermaid Parade on Coney Island, but it may also have marked the end of Coney Island as we know it. Joseph Sitt's Thor Equities has purchased large parcels of Coney Island, and is eyeing a major makeover.

Certain landmarks - such as the Cyclone - have been designated for historical preservation, but much of the rest of it could be history. In September 2005, Thor's founder, Joe Sitt, went public with his new plans, which he claimed was going to be a large Bellagio-style hotel resort surrounded by rides and amusements. He also claimed that the interior of the resort would have an indoor mall that would allow local amusement owners to relocate their rides and operate them indoors year round and made promises that he had no intention of driving out any local amusement owners and wanted them all to be part of his new resort. Sitt released renderings of a hotel that would take up the entire amusement area from the Aquarium to beyond Keyspan Park and would most likely need to involve the demolition of The Wonder Wheel, Cyclone, and Nathan's original hot dog stand, as well as the new Keyspan Park.

The city and Thor Equities, with its $1.5 billion proposed development for Coney Island that includes a new amusement park and water theme park, have been at odds over Thor's plan to build three high-rise hotels, including one with time-share units, on land mostly zoned now for amusements. The Bloomberg administration plans to unveil a rezoning proposal in the fall of 2007 for the beachfront property that will allow for other uses but said it's committed to protecting Coney Island's storied amusement districtrss.


  
MERMAID PARADE

Get ready for the wild creativity of slinky sea-inspired couture and a celebration of the female breast.

The annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade takes place on the first Saturday after the summer solstice.  The event celebrates the beginning of Summer

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade began in 1983.  The Mermaid Parade celebrates the start of the Summer season, and plays homage to original Coney Island Mardi Gras parades in the early 20th century.
WHEN: It has taken place annually on a Saturday in June.
WHERE: Surf Ave
Founded by Dick Zigun who also is founder of the Coney Island USA [coneyisland.com]. it is known for the Carnival spirit found New York's premier Village Halloween parade as well as Labor Day's  Brooklyn Carnival.
The parade has a section for vehicles of all kinds, floats, groups and individuals. Mermaids and sea creatures of all shapes and sizes enjoy a welcoming, festive crowd.

Each year, a different celebrity King Neptune and Queen Mermaid rule over the proceedings, riding in the Parade and assisting in the opening of the Ocean for the summer swimming season by marching down the Beach from the Boardwalk, cutting through Ribbons representing the seasons, and tossing fruit into the Atlantic to appease the Sea Gods.Presiding over the parade are a mermaid King and Queen. In 2005 the King was David Johansen (Buster Poindexter) and the Queen was Karmen Guy (Mad Juana). Others include David Byrne, Queen Latifah, Ron Kuby, Curtis Sliwa, and Moby, presiding over the assembled masses.

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 The Parade is followed by the Mermaid Parade Ball, a post-parade gathering where costumed parade participants can get together with each other and parade spectators to listen to live music, purchase raffle tickets, and watch burlesque and sideshow acts performed by some of New York City's hottest burlesque stars.
 

 

 

 

The Parade is characterized by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, Coney Island post card or amusement ride, as well as antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and the odd yacht pulled on flatbed

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2007 Mermaid Parade Photos on Flickr

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"Hello! My name is Mandy and I'm the girl in that picture. My husband, who made the costume, actually got a summons for "Walking with a nude woman and causing an alarm" I have to go to court on June 25. The cop was obviously trying to impress his CO and get another ticket toDownload complete his quota, I'm checking out my options and see where I can go with this. I have been doing this in almost every major parade since 1998 and have never had any problems, the cops were more than happy to take pictures with me, I don't know what was this guy's problem -more from sambagirl
The case was eventually dismissed.
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SambaGirl was the Top flickr click from the 2005 parade. She
 
 
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the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island's forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954