On June 19, 2010 at 2 PM the legendary Bacchanal
King Neptune and Queen Mermaid are Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson
(which omits the frequent partial nudity, surely a draw for many spectators):
The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression. The Parade is characterized by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, Coney Island post card or amusement ride, as well as antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and the odd yacht pulled on flatbed.
View my photo galleries and video slideshows from 2009