|When is Mermaid Parade in 2016?|
The date of the 2016 Mermaid Parade is not yet specified but it will likely occur in June, 2016.
|What is Mermaid Parade?|
The Mermaid Parade is a seaside art parade that has been held each summer since 1983 in Coney Island, New York. More than 1,500 creative celebrants come out to actively participate in the pageant with handmade costumes based on annually selected themes. Floats and vintage cars also meander along the parade route, inviting spectators to take pride in the artistic side of what is traditionally viewed as an entertainment district.
A King and Queen are crowned each year at this raucous event, which is considered the largest art parade in the nation. Families are welcome to attend, with the understanding that mermaid and mermen costumes may be on the skimpy side. Parade participants and spectators are humorously invited to bribe the parade judges with pastries, booze, and handmade art objects. The procession ends at the beach, marking the opening of the summer swimming season.