Coney Island Mermaid Parade postponed, may hold virtual edition
It's shaping up to be a real bummer of a summer, and on the heels of this morning's announcement that large events scheduled for June, including the Gay Pride March, have been cancelled for this year, comes an update on another of our favorite annual events. The Coney Island Mermaid Parade, originally scheduled for June 20, is not happening on that date this year. Coney Island USA director Dick Zigun, one of the parade's main organizers, told Brooklyn Paper that he's still hopeful about postponing the parade until later in the season. "There will be some version of the Mermaid Parade," he said, "ideally a real parade in the street later this summer. If not, then maybe a virtual online parade."
Zigun also said that they'll be announcing 2020 Mermaid Royalty soon, and selling merch for it as well. "I hope you’re all Broadway fans," he said.
Meanwhile, it seems unlikely that NYC beaches will open at all this summer, with Park Department Employees being told to "prepare for every scenario," including fully closed beaches, and Mayor Bill de Blasio saying they currently "do not have a plan to open the beaches," as The Hill reports. Public pools will also be closed during the summer months.