Last Sunday, I took the N Train to Stillwell Avenue’s last stop and met some friends. Together we witnessed The Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Basically, I’ve wanted to do this for what seems like forever but somehow never got there. Finally, I was determined to get there this year, and I did.
Coney Island USA
Presently, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade is the nation’s largest art parade and one of New York City’s greatest summer events. It was created by CIUSA’s former Artistic Director, Dick Zigun. Consequently, the event is produced by Coney Island USA, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization. Accordingly, the organization is located in the heart of Coney Island’s iconic amusement park, beach, and boardwalk district.
This event pays tribute to a century of Coney Island ingenuity, revelry, and pageantry. Likewise, it’s a celebration of the artistic vision of the masses from a crowned King Neptune and Queen Mermaid. There are also fantastical sea creatures and mer-folk, marching bands, and dancing groups. Additionally, you’ll see baby strollers and mechanized floats along with showcasing the individual creativity from the five boroughs and beyond.
Opening the summer with the Coney Island Mermaid Parade is a celebration of incredible art, NYC’s entrepreneurial spirit, and community pride. It also ensures a successful summer season by drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area, boosting local businesses economically.
Fortunately, this program is supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
Here are some photos from the parade.
Coney Island History
Did you know that Coney Island became known as one of the most popular amusement parks in the world in the 1920s? it attracted millions of visitors each year with its exciting roller coasters, carnival games, and boardwalk performers. Furthermore, its incredible ocean views, variety of beach resorts, dance halls, and restaurants made it the perfect destination for locals and tourists.
Electric Lights and Hot Dogs
With the introduction of electric lights and nickelodeons, the park brought a sense of wonder and excitement to all of its visitors. Indeed, let’s not forget about their famous Coney Island Hot Dogs! The 1920s was an unforgettable era of entertainment and fun, and Coney Island remains an important symbol of American popular culture today!