When : Saturday, June 17, 2023 beginning at 1PM ET.
Parade Route: West 21st St. and Surf Ave., to West 10th St. to the Boardwalk. Parade ends at Steeplechase Plaza.
Directions : D, F, N or Q subway to Stillwell Ave.
Every summer, everyone is invited to join the fun at the Mermaid Parade of Coney Island -- an ocean-themed parade that takes place "down by the beautiful sea" -- at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.
This year, watch for the 41st annual Coney Island Mermaid parade to take place on Saturday, June 17, 2023 beginning at 1PM ET to help New York City kick off a rollicking summer ... at the beach!
See you there!
All about the Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Founded by Dick Zigun, "the unofficial Mayor of Coney Island", The Mermaid Parade was first held in 1983, and has been an integral part of Coney Island life ever since.
There are often thousands of parade participants, and thousands more spectators who come to snap pictures and take in the parade.
Along with kicking off the summer, the Mermaid Parade also continues the tradition of Mardi Gras-like events that were often held on Coney Island in the first half of the 20th century.
Like the most raucous Fat Tuesday events found in New Orleans, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade features racy costumes, silly antics, and one of the most festive party atmospheres East of the Mississippi!
Artistic self expression is
a highly encouraged part of the parade, and Mermaid Parade observers are likely to see pirates, wenches, mermaids, mermen, and a wide variety of other mythical sea creatures. The Mermaid Parade also features local celebrities who take on the coveted roles of King Neptune and a Queen Mermaid each year.
Although the organizers promote a fun, family-friendly event, it might be best to leave the younger kids home (your call) but definitely bring the camera!