Don't Miss: June Events

by staff, 05/14/2014

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  • Mermaid Parade
    June 21
    There's nothing quite like Coney Island's annual parade of quirky mermaids and sea creatures, antique cars, floats and performers. The pageant, founded in 1983, displays participants' mastery of seaside mythology and wearable art. (You'd be hard-pressed to find a similar event in any other NYC neighborhood.) The procession starts at 1pm, moving east along Surf Avenue from West 21st Street; it turns south on West 10th Street and then heads back west on the boardwalk, ending in front of MCU Park. It draws hundreds of thousands of people, so get there early to snag a prime viewing spot. After the colorful characters have made their way around—led, of course, by this year's celebrity king and queen, NYC's first siblings Dante and Chiara de Blasio—there's still plenty to explore nearby. Check out our guide to Coney Island for the lowdown.

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