Mermaid Parade 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
No need to wait for Sunday's Gay Pride Parade to experience colorfully and barely dressed people marching down a NYC street in front of thousands of spectators. Saturday (6/23) is the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. The parade starts at 2 PM on West 22nd St. between Surf Ave. and the Boardwalk, but get there earlier for a good spot (and don't forget to leave time for the long subway ride).
This year's king and queen are comedian Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling (Howard Stern Show) and actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever, True Love).
As always, the parade will be followed by the Mermaid Ball, which starts at 7 PM at the New York Aquarium. This year's ball features a Moby DJ set and live sets by The A Bones, Labretta Suede and the Motel 6 and The Moto-Wrays, in addition to this year's king Jackie Martling performing in the Aquatheater, burlesque dancers, go go dancers, "real live mermaids," a laser light show tent and more. Tickets for the ball are available.
Meanwhile, Friday Night Fireworks on Coney Island have begun and will continue every Friday (including tonight) through August 31. "For the best seating, locate yourself on the boardwalk or beach between West 10th Street and West 15th Street." The flier for this is below.
More Mermaid Parade details below...
Mermaid Parade Route:
* The Parade will start at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue
* The Parade will roll east to West 10th Street
* at West 10th Street the Parade will turn south towards the boardwalk
* cars and motorized floats can park on West 10th Street
* At the Boardwalk, the marchers and push-pull floats will turn west and head towards West 15th Street
* At West 15th Street, the Parade will disband
CONEY ISLAND USA IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE 10TH ANNUAL MERMAID PARADE BALL, THE OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY OF THE MERMAID PARADE!
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012
7:00PM - 12:30AM, (21 AND OVER)
NEW YORK AQUARIUM
602 SURF AVE. @ WEST 8TH STREET
CONEY ISLAND, BROOKLYN, NY 11224
Calling all Mermaids, Mermen, and Spectators! Join us for the 2012 Mermaid Parade Ball, the Mermaid Parade's official after party.
**Entry line starts on the boardwalk at 8th Street**