The Mermaid Parade this Saturday at Coney Island!


Online Registration ends Thursday 6/17, 11:59pm, Eastern Time. Pre-registering saves time at check in. Day of registration begins on-site at 10am. 


New This Year! Mermaid Parade People’s Prize Voting Booth! Members can use their Iphones to vote at the parade! 
We are happy to announce a new privilege for all Coney Island, USA members — you can now use an iPhone to vote and decide who gets the People’s Prize at this year’s Parade. Click here for info.

Volunteer! It’s time to dust off your sea shells and wax those fins! This year’s Coney Island Mermaid Parade is just around the corner. Without volunteers the parade couldn’t stay afloat.

We rely on over 150 volunteers each year for a successful parade. Volunteer positions include registration, check-in, merchandise, crowd control, wrangling, surveys, holding signs and hustling the crowd. Volunteers will be handsomely rewarded with generous sunshine (fingers crossed!), salt air, and the much-coveted volunteer t-shirt! To register, please send an email to and we’ll email you an application.

Coney Island USA is pleased to present the 8th Annual Mermaid Parade Ball, the official after-party of the Mermaid Parade, this year held at The New York Aquarium (Oceanic Deck), Surf Ave. & West 8th Street, 6pm-11:30pm. 21 and over. Click here for further details and to buy tickets online.

Parade Route

View Mermaid Parade Route in a larger map

* 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 can park on West 10th Street 
* At the Boardwalk, the marchers and push-pull floats will turn west and head towards Stillwell Ave. 
* At Stillwell Ave. the Parade will disband

PUSH PULL FLOATS AND MARCHERS will register at Surf Avenue and West 21st Street.
MOTORIZED FLOATS AND ANTIQUE CARS will register at Surf Ave. Side at West 19th and West 20th street. 

Because West 21st Street is much narrower than our old staging area (West 10th Street), you will NO LONGER 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 you cart onto West 21st Street. 

If you plan on driving to the parade, you may purchase parking in the expanded MCU parking lot- conveniently located on West 22nd Street and Surf Avenue.

About The Mermaid Parade

A completely original creation of Coney Island USA, the Mermaid Parade is the nation’s largest art parade and one of New York City’s greatest summer events. The parade is proud to have some incredible sponsors. Click here for answers to common questions.

Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, the not-for-profit arts organization that also produces the Coney island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island’s forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island.

Mermaid ParadeThe 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.

Each year, a different celebrity King Neptune and Queen Mermaid rule over the proceedings, riding in the Parade and assisting in the opening of the Ocean for the summer swimming season by marching down the Beach from the Boardwalk, cutting through Ribbons representing the seasons, and tossing fruit into the Atlantic to appease the Sea Gods. In the past, David Byrne, Queen Latifah, Ron Kuby, Curtis Sliwa, Moby, David Johansen and Harvey Keitel have graced our shores, presiding over the assembled masses.

The Parade is followed by the Mermaid Parade Ball, a post-parade gathering where costumed parade participants can get together with each other and parade spectators to listen to live music, purchase raffle tickets, and watch burlesque and sideshow acts performed by some of New York City’s hottest burlesque stars.

Come on out and join us on one of Coney Island’s best days of the summer! We can’t wait to see you there!

3 Comments on “The Mermaid Parade this Saturday at Coney Island!

  1. i will be attending..havent been able to attend the past years due to work, but this saturday I happen to be off.

    Im sure you will look fabulous as always.

  2. I woke up this morning depressed but after finding this page my state of mind improved.

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