The Mermaid Parade

Save the date!
The 34th Annual Mermaid Parade is Saturday, June 18, 2016, 1pm!

Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors, Judges, Participants, Staff, Spectators and the Weather Gods. A little drizzle to start and dry the rest of the time!

Check out pics on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages! Search #mermaidparade2015 on Social Media for even more!

You can still show your support for the Mermaid Parade! Text MERMAID to 91999! Donate today! Thanks to everyone who has donated, and to those that will! 

The Following is an archive of the 2015 Parade.
2015 Mermaid Parade is Saturday, June 20th, 1pm, Rain or Shine!


You may still register day of (cash only) at Surf Avenue and West 21st Street from 10am until 1pm. 

Queen Mermaid & King Neptune 

Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser

2015 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 continue down Surf Ave. passing W. 10th Street and exit the parade.
* At the Boardwalk, the marchers and push-pull floats will turn west and head towards West 17th St.
* At Steeplechase Plaza, the Parade will disband.

MOTORIZED FLOATS, ANTIQUE CARS, PUSH PULL FLOATS AND MARCHERS will register at Surf Avenue and West 21st Street.

Because West 21st Street is much narrower than our old staging area (West 10th Street), you will NOT be able to PULL YOUR TRUCK OR VEHICLE to unload materials for assembling your push-pull cart or costume. But, DON’T WORRY- you will be able to assemble your cart in a secure location with vehicle access on Surf Avenue between West 21st and West 22nd Street. You may then push your cart on to West 21st Street.

Sorry to say, there will be no Mermaid Parade Ball (the official after party of the parade) this year. 
Unfortunately, we could not find a suitable venue, but we encourage you to support the parade, right after, by coming to our Freak Bar, Gift Shop and seeing the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, at our Coney Island USA, headquarters, located at 1208 Surf Avenue (corner of West 12th Street).

About The Mermaid Parade:

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 3,000 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.

Unlike most parades, this one has no ethnic, religious, or commercial aims. It’s a major New York holiday invented by artists! An American version of the summer-solstice celebration, it takes pride of place with West African Water Festivals and Ancient Greek and Roman street theater. It's features participants dressed in hand-made costumes based on themes and categories set by us. This creates an artistic framework on which artists can improvise, resulting in the flourishing of frivolity, dedication, pride, and personal vision that has become how New York celebrates summer.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The Mermaid Parade on Social Media! #mermaidparade2015


 The 2015 Mermaid Parade is Sponsored by:



Bowery Presents
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Soda Works
Champagne's Sweets
Coney Island Classics Kettle Corn
Coney Island Smorgasburg
Dona Zita
Eat Well Embrace Life
Eldorado Bumper Cars
Gyro Corner
Jas Jerk Hut
Paul's Daughter
Peggy O'Neills
Ruby's Bar
the skint
William's Candy Shop
Wyndham Resort