It’s that time of year again: Get your costumes ready for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, which happens this weekend and marks the beginning of the summer.
The 37th annual celebration, organized by nonprofit Coney Island USA since 1983, will gather thousands of New Yorkers to celebrate creativity, ancient mythology, and kick off the swimming season.
This year, singers Arlo and Nora Guthrie will be the parade’s King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, and according to the event’s website, they are the first parade royalty members to have actually grown up on Coney Island’s Mermaid Avenue.
When is the Coney Island Mermaid Parade?
The parade happens on Saturday, June 22, at 1 p.m.
Where does the Coney Island Mermaid Parade take place?
The parade starts at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue, goes up to West 10th street, and ends at the boardwalk’s Steeplechase Plaza. (Cars and motorized floats exit the parade after West 10th Street).
What streets will be closed for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade?
The following streets will be closed on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).
- West 21st Street between Surf Avenue and Boardwalk
- West 22nd Street between Surf Avenue and Boardwalk
- West 23rd Street between Surf Avenue and Dead End
- Surf Avenue between West 21st Street and West 24th Street
- Surf Avenue between West 21st Street and West 10th Street
- West 10th Street between Surf Avenue and Boardwalk
- Stillwell Avenue between Surf Avenue and Boardwalk
What does this mean for traffic this weekend?
As usual, expect traffic disruptions around the parade in Coney Island. If you plan to attend, we recommend taking the subway (the D, F, N, or Q trains) but look out for changes in service, which the MTA should release soon.