Mermaid Parade 2017: Award Winners

Photos of Kate Dale, Octopus, Anglerfish, L-Train Band and Little Neptune by Kenny Lombardi - All Rights Reserved Without Written Consent. Photos of Tractor and The Flying Merlendas by William Van Dorp. Clamilton photo courtesy of Charlotte E. Binns. Lady Gaga photo by John Blough.

The Chief Justice and his Court did very well this year -- even though we had to go through some very rain-soaked ballots. As usual the Assistant Chief Justice, Daniel Alhadeff, took a major role in tallying the votes. Ultimately the Chief Justice made the decisions and all complaints should be directed to him.


A few notes on/for the winners:

  • Often we only have numbers for marchers who register the day of the parade. If you're one of these winner/procrastinators let us know via Facebook and we'll update this page with your info. 
  • This list has been know to have errors. We reserve the right to correct errors at any point in the future. 
  • We know you want your award. Stay tuned for an announcement of how you can receive your award.
  • The descriptions below are just silly notes. If you hate them let us know and we'll rewrite them.
  • Thanks for your patience and understanding

Sea Creature

FIRST
1027 - Clam Bake
Where were the baked clam bribes?

SECOND
412 - Piñata Mermaids 
Hit them hard. And fun bribes.

THIRD
152 - Anglerfish 
The second year in a row with an anglerfish themed third place winner in Sea Creature.


Marching Group

FIRST
222 - Arts from Brazil
Encompassing many art forms.

SECOND
10 - Hungry March Band
For the second year in a row they take second. But they can't possibly try harder because they are that good -- let's face it in a just world they would take first.

THIRD
19 - Brooklyn Bombshell Review
The winningest group in Mermaid Parade History are once again getting an award.


Music Group

FIRST
123 - Clamilton
Tails of Glory swept the votes on this one. The numbers were so lopsided we suspect foreign inteference in the voting.

SECOND
117 - King’s County Pipes and Drums
The sounds of the highlands reverberated over the Coney Island lowlands.

THIRD
165 - Gypsy Funk Squad
All kinds of great stuff happening with these folks.

SPECIAL MENTION
147 - L-Train Brass Band
While they may not have won an official award, we expect big things from these newcomers.


Motorized Float

FIRST
443 - Tractor Pirates
Diesel powered.

SECOND
446 - Wu Tang Clams
Of course they are motorized, they come from Staten Island. 

THIRD
444 - Rockaway Artists Alliance
Our friends from the Coney of Queens.


Push Pull Float

FIRST
110 - The Flying Merlendas
Another overwhelming winner. Did they fly into the parade on their bi-plane?

SECOND
52 - NYC Chihuahua Nation
Despite a serious attempt to bite the Chief Justice these dogs have taken third place

THIRD
43 - Spineless Bottom Dwellers 
This could be a mistake. There was some controversy over their name! It was a purple octopus.

SPECIAL MENTION
Space Ship
Your spaceship was great -- but apparently you didn't register for the parade. Insider tip:Register! 


Little Neptune
FIRST
28 - Chuck from the Hendrix Merfamily 10 Year MerWedding Celebration
Some of these votes may have been for Bambi's beau, but little Chuck gets the win. We believe this kid wore a top hat and vest.

SECOND
103 - Cape Kid from Merbrids and Mer berer
Common wisdom: you wear a cape, you win.

THIRD
62 - Antonio from Miss Tourisam
Way to go Antonio


Little Mermaid

FIRST
73 - Zoe Deshmukh from Mermaids in the Basement
Can they be released from the Basement now?

SECOND
1021- Celeste
A late registrant on the charts!

THIRD
92 - Rayleen the Baby Mermaid
Fact: If you allow the Chief Justice to dangerously hold your baby to the sky Lion King style you usually get an award.


Neptune Costume

FIRST
1068 - King Neptune
We need more info on this ruler of the seas.

SECOND
1034 - Chest Neptune
This Neptune was a Treasure Chest.

THIRD
281 - Pink Neptune from the Sea Punks
No artificial colors in this Neptune.


Mermaid Costume

FIRST
15 - Kate Dale of Poodle World's Coral Fixation
It is just about redundant to name Kate as the Best Mermaid. But every once in a while it is important to acknowledge her greatness.

SECOND
39 - Lady Gaga
A very impressive live chicken Mermaid. Yes, you read that correctly.

THIRD
175 - Monika's Bachelorette Party
This could be a mistake! There was some confusion about numbering, but congrats Monika!


Judge’s Choice

442 - Sea Bee Gee Bees by Kostume Kult
Kostume Kult have joined the exalted ranks of the Parade Participant Hall of Fame by winning Judge's Choice.


Mayor’s Choice

Flawlesss
Our Mayor didn't get a number for them -- but loved them just the same.


That's all folks. You can also check out the 2016 winners.