It's June 22, the first Saturday after the official start of the summer season. And just like they do every year, revelers gathered in New York's Coney Island for another round of Mermaid Parade celebrations.
Since 1983, the annual Mermaid Parade has come to Coney Island every summer with three major goals (according to the FAQ): to "bring mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune"; to "create self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as 'entertainment'"; and to "let artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public."
Those are big ideas, but the reality of how it all plays out is evident year after year. Tens and hundreds of thousands visit the southern Brooklyn neighborhood dressed in garish colors, sparkling sequins, and so, so, sooooooooo much glitter. Read more... More about New York City , Mermaid Parade , Culture , and Live Events