Coney Island Mermaid Parade

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The place to be this Saturday, June 20, 2013 is cheering and enjoying the 31st annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY.   photo 1

The parade kicks off at 1 PM. It starts at West 21st and Surf Avenue and rolls east to West 10th Street. The marchers and push pull floats will go to the Boardwalk and march to Steeplechase Plaza, where the Parade will disband.

After the parade is the Beach Ceremony.   My friend, Marie Roberts, describes it: “Everyone marches to the sea; half are parade people, half people who are doing some ritual ceremony to give fruit to the ocean gods. The King & Queen cut the ribbons for autumn, winter, spring and summer and everyone goes in the ocean.”

That sounds pretty neat, weird and vivid–kind of like the scene where the townspeople swim out to sea in H.P. Lovecraft’s “Shadow Over Innsmouth.”

Marie sent along an image of her painting of this year’s King and Queen and one of the parade. photo 2

I wish everyone a great time, good fortune, and much happiness at this special celebration.   BTW, I really believe in mermaids and merfolk.

Please say “hi” to Marie and the good folks at Coney Island USA.   The area was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and they had to do some substantial fund-raising in order to have the parade this year.




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