Mermaid Parade 2010 And The State Of Coney Island

2009 Mermaid Parade - Photo courtesy of Whiskeygonebad via Flickr

Dick Zigun, the Officially Unelected Mayor of Coney Island, will give his annual overview of the current state of affairs in America’s Playground this Sunday, May 30. Zigun is expected to highlight the launch of the New Luna Park, the excitement of the long-anticipated “rebirth” of the amusement area, and the remaining  questions about the future of the important historic structures that remain intact in Coney Island’s historic district.  The proposal  for Peace Talks and New Strategies for Amusements will be  put forth. The event takes place at 4:30 p.m. at the Coney Island Museum (1208 Surf Avenue, between Stillwell Avenue and West 12th Street).

The speech comes ahead of the 2010 Mermaid Parade, the nation’s largest art parade that ushers in the freak spirit for Coney Island’s summer. This year, legendary musician and Brooklyn native Lou Reed of Velvet Underground will be crowned King Neptune, alongside Queen Mermaid Laurie Anderson – Reed’s wife and fellow musician. The parade takes place on June 19 at 2 p.m. Marching begins on Surf Avenue at West 21st Street.