While most people think about the amusement park when thinking about Coney Island, there are other things the neighborhood is famous for as well. Coney Island is home to the biggest art parade in the United States, the annual Mermaid Parade that will take place on June 21, 2014.
The Mermaid Parade was started in 1983 with the purpose of bringing mythology and local culture together, especially for people who just so happen to live on Mermaid Street and Neptune Street. Along with helping New Yorkers from across the five boroughs express themselves freely, it also helps gives another identity to an area of New York that is mostly thought of only as an amusement park and not specifically a neighborhood.
Though there is no specific cultural theme, it does coincide with the summer solstice and West African water festivals. But this year, it will also be partnering with a few muscle car clubs, the Hungry March Band, and the parade's king and queen whom will be named at a later date. There are also many artistic floats.
The Parade will start at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue at 1 p.m. and end at Steeplechase Plaza. Click here for a map of the Mermaid Parade route.