Stunning Views From The 2017 Coney Island Mermaid Parade

(Photo by Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)

Making good on the promise of “rain or shine,” Coney Island’s 35th annual Mermaid Parade kicked off at 1pm on Saturday, June 17 just as the torrential downpour began to let up.

But the rain didn’t appear to hold back the hoards of fully costumed and scantily-clad revelers.

(Photo by Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)

Debby Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie served as Queen Mermaid and King Neptune, leading the parade down Surf Avenue, followed by an oceanic army of mermaids, pirates, crustaceans, and all manner of undersea oddities.

King and queen Chris Stein and Debbie Harry at the parade. (Photo by Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)
(Photo by Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)

As crowds packed every inch of the railings, ornate party floats rolled past, with marchers and dancers following.

(Photo by Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)

The crowd ranged from well-choreographed troupes to local bands of half-naked, glittery good-timers.

(Photo by Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)
(Photo by Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)

At West 10th Street, those on foot turned to the sea, following police barricades up onto the boardwalk, where they eventually merged with the crowds of spectators, many of whom availed themselves heavily of the plentiful fried food, hotdogs, and cold beer.

(Photo by Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)

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Paul Stremple

Paul was a staff reporter at Bklyner, responsible for covering Northern and Eastern parts of Brooklyn between August 2017 and January 2019.


  1. Slideshow bottom of page – The pic where they are holding that big Mermaid Parade banner, woman in pink center left. See it before takes it down since it might offend the young-urban professional demographic that reads this website nowadays.

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