Coney Island’s annual ‘Mermaid Parade’ features people dressed up like fictional sea creatures

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The Mermaid Parade returns to Coney Island this weekend, with shiny scales, elastic flippers and, yes, widespread nudity on Surf Avenue.

Founded in 1983, the Coney Island institution is like Halloween in the summer, with hundreds of participants dressed up as mermaids and mermen, of course, but also any variation of sea nymph, from clamshells to Poseidon.

Famously, no costume at all is a popular option (pasties or body paint in key places — or not).

Mermaid Parade [starts at W. 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island], June 19 at 2 pm.

Full story: The Brooklyn Paper: Mermaid Parade returns on Saturday!