It almost didn’t happen this year, but happily, Coney Island did hold the annual Mermaid Parade.
The state aquarium and the offices of Coney Island USA, the organization that hosts this parade, were flooded out by Hurricane Sandy. But thanks to $100,000 from a fundraiser, the parade was on in all its glory along the boardwalk and nearby Surf Avenue.
Each year the parade is presided over by a ceremonial King Neptune and Queen Mermaid
It’s called the world’s largest art parade as participants wear nautically-themed, barely there, costumes.
The parade started in 1983 and always happens on the Saturday closest to the first day of summer.