Wow do you how many site and images come up when you type Mermaids in Google? A lot but this peaked my interest the most. Coney Island has their annual Mermaid every year in June. I have yet to go to one but it looks quite fun. According to “Coney Island” (2013), “The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the masses, and ensures that the summer season is a success by bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area in a single day. The MERMAID PARADE specifically was founded in 1983 with 3 goals: it brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune ; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.” (Mermaid Parade). I have to check this out next year. With this only coming up in a few days I don’t have time to request off so I do plan on going next year.
Image courtesy of Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Coney Island. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade