Coney Island’s Annual Mermaid Parade returned Saturday with 1000’s of costumed revelers and onlookers packing Surf Avenue and spilling onto the close by boardwalk. Dancers, musicians, painters, sculptors and masterful posers turned out in droves, giving the day’s battalion of photographers infinite moments to seize.
It was the parade’s large comeback after the COVID-19 pandemic sidelined the beloved occasion in 2020 and 2021. Organizers of the occasion mentioned they had been prepared for a launch of all of the artistic power the mermaids needed to maintain onto for 2 entire years.
Elena Borghi visited from Venice, Italy, and mentioned she felt proper at dwelling being surrounded all of the fanfare.
“The vibes are amazing,” she mentioned. “You cans feel the energy. This is something about New York, I think that the energy is real, you can touch it almost.”
The day’s costumes ranged from traditional mermaids and sailors to extra elaborate area aliens and sea dragons, with the standard teams of traditional automotive followers, road distributors, and buskers turning as much as elevate the day into one of the vital over-stimulating events on New York Metropolis’s summertime calendar.
Greater than 3,000 members made their means down Surf Avenue all through the afternoon Saturday. Main the parade was the occasion’s Queen Mermaid, performer Mx Justin Vivian Bond and King Neptune, Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, former well being commissioner for New York Metropolis.
Carolyn Cryan was a part of a gaggle whose theme was an “enchanted mer-gaden.” She mentioned, for her, the parade was all about inclusion.
“It’s about community, and finding your fellow freaks, you know,” she mentioned. “What you would tell somebody that has never been here before is, ‘expect anything.’ The more outrageous, the better.”