Must-See Coney Island
by nycgo.com staff, 05/13/2014 [Updated 05/20/2015]
Mermaid Parade. Photo: Kate Glicksberg
Mermaid Parade and Other Special Events
The Mermaid Parade has sent nautically (and often scantily) clad ladies and gents in colorful, over-the-top floats down the boardwalk since 1983 in a joyous celebration of New York City spirit and individualism. Music, antique cars and an abundance of mermaids always make the event a memorable one. And don't forget about the celebrity king and queen—in the past, the roles have been filled by such big names as Harvey Keitel, Mayor de Blasio's kids and, fittingly, Queen Latifah; this year, couple Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, stars of a rather adult version of Beauty and the Beast, perform the honors on Saturday, June 20.
There are other special events at Coney Island to keep on your radar. Rumor has it the popular Seaside Summer Concert Series may return this season. There are frequent fireworks on the boardwalk, and Mumford & Sons will be playing MCU Park on June 2 and 3. You can also check coneyisland.com for more fun by the beach.