The Mermaid Parade of Coney Island

Coney Island has been ever since its existence the type of resort meant to provide its visitors with a combination of relaxation and get away feeling from the busy New York and a fun and attractive resort that would provide both adults and children with amusement attractions. Many rides of the Coney Island have become the landmark of the place. Yet some of them have been demolished in the meanwhile, whereas others have been kept intact. Moreover, there are also several events that are specific to the Coney Island and one of these is the Mermaid Parade.

The Mermaid Parade is organized in the resort every year in the end of June. It is meant to be a lively and welcoming event that could be enjoyed by all those who are on the island at the time. the tradition started in the early 1980s when the event was conceptualized and organized by Zigun, the founder of the non-profit arts association Coney Island USA and the man also known as the Mayor Coney Island. The event is meant to symbolize the celebration of the beginning of the summer season. It starts on the last Saturday from the spring. In 2011 the parade is going to be held on the 18th of June.

The event is said to pay homage to the Coney Island Mardi Gras parades that used to take place at the beginning of the 20th century and the era when Coney Island used to be the most popular amusement park among the New Yorkers. It is estimated that the Mermaid Parade attracts about two thousands of actual participants and ten times more spectators, individuals who live close to the island and enjoy the event as a getaway opportunity from the heat of New York. The event is mostly known for its marine costumes, sea creatures, mermaids and other marine creatures being represented in different sizes and shapes.