Hanging out in the city this weekend and looking for an only-in-New-York event? We've got you covered.
This Saturday, June 22, head to Coney Island for the 37th Annual Mermaid Parade. The event is the nation's largest art parade, and celebrates ancient mythology coupled with honky-tonk rituals of the seaside. Our artistic New York brothers and sisters are the stars of this event; they created it back in the day and keep it fresh year after year.
Here's what you need to know:
The parade starts at 1 p.m. on West 21st St. and Surf Avenue, a quick ride from the hotel on the F or D train. From there, it will roll east to West 10th St., and the marchers and push pull floats will go to the boardwalk and continue on their way to Steeplechase Plaza.
This year, musician Arlo Guthrie of City of New Orleans and Alice's Restaurant fame, and his equally talented sister Nora will be crowned King Neptune and Queen Mermaid...the perfect folks for the honor since they grew up right there on Mermaid Ave.!
All in all, it's a fun day to check out New York's wildest, craziest and most creative citizens. And hey, if you want, for a fee, you can actually join in on the fun and participate in the parade yourself! Click here to register.