The MERMAID PARADE was founded in 1983 to bring mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune.
Unlike most parades, this one has no ethnic, religious, or commercial aims. It’s a New York holiday invented by artists! An American version of the summer-solstice celebration, it features participants dressed in hand-made costumes based on nautical themes and categories. This creates an artistic framework for frivolity, dedication, pride, and personal vision that has become how New York celebrates the opening of the beach and the start of summer.
Parade is held, rain or shine (except it was canceled in 2020).
We'll have a bite to eat after in someplace typical for the neighborhood.
NOTE: We'll meet at Union Sq. subway, but if you're starting out from another boro, pls let me know so we can make other arrangements.