CONEY ISLAND MERMAID DAY PARADE - BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
The hot press of flesh and glitter on Brooklyn’s sandy shore. Guide to New York Leah Frances tags in with her contribution to Field Assignment #4 - Folk festivals, Pageants, Celebrations, and Customs:
Originating in 1983, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade takes place every June at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, usually on the Saturday closest to the official start of summer. Billed as the nation’s largest art parade, it pays tribute to the Mardi Gras-type pageantry regularly in evidence on the boardwalk in the beginning of the 20th century. Consisting of marchers in hand-made costumes, push-pull and motorized floats, and antique cars, the parade showcases over 1,500 creative individuals and brings out hundreds of thousands of spectators.
The 2014 Mermaid Parade will be held Saturday, June 21st.
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Leah Frances was born in a small fishing village off the west coast of Canada and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. In pursuit of a graphic design career she moved to New York City in 2005 and now calls Crown Heights, Brooklyn, home. Leah posts daily at americanroads.tumblr.com.