The 36th Annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, Brooklyn is on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1 pm.
Arrive at 10 or 11 am for the best viewing. Surf Avenue gets NYPD security. The whole area becomes a traffic jam around Parade time.
The Mermaid Parade is a Coney Island Tradition
The annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade started in 1983. Today the Parade draws thousands of people. It is produced by Coney Island USA and the Coney Island Brewery.
36th Annual Mermaid Parade
Queen Mermaid is Amanda Palmer.
King Neptune is Neil Gaiman.
Kitchen 21 co-presents. Kitchen 21 is the rooftop lounge and bar that recently opened on top of the landmark Childs Restaurant building.
Mermaid Parade Route
- Starts on Surf Ave West 21st St
- Turns to the beach at West 10th St
- Walks up the Boardwalk to Steeplechase Plaza
Mermaid Parade Time
The Parade starts at 1 pm, rain or shine.
Arrive 2 – 3 hours Early
Good spots go early and Coney Island becomes a traffic jam around Parade time, so plan to arrive 2 – 3 hours early (or more) for the best spots.
March in the Mermaid Parade
Anyone can march in the Mermaid Parade, but this is New York. There is a fee of about $15 – $30 for marchers and more for floats and vehicles.
Marcher rates are $5 more on the day of and cash only.
Check in / Registration is on Surf Avenue between 21st and 22nd streets from 10 am – 1 pm.
Visit the Mermaid Parade
Families do enjoy the Parade and some families even march. But some mermaids don’t wear many clothes and there are mermen too. It’s your decision whether this is appropriate for your family.
You can be a Judge
It’s New York City, so anything goes for moolah. For $200, you can get a seat in the viewing stand and be a Mermaid Parade Judge.
There is a photographer staging area photo pass. Mermaids will pose for your photos before they enter the line of march.
It’s $40 in advance online, and $50 on the day of.
The only press pass that works here is an NYPD one.
Best Place to Watch the Mermaid Parade
A lot of this depends on when you arrive and how long you are willing to wait around for.
You have to be on Surf Avenue to see the antique cars and motorized floats. Expect Times Square New Years Eve style security. If you are going to stand, be prepared to stand around for a few hours without going to the bathroom.
The beach-side of Surf Avenue gets locked down. If you want to leave early, make it easier to back to your transportation by staying on the north side of Surf Avenue, away from the beach.
Hope to see Mexican lake mermaids La Tlanchana or the Acapaxapo.