Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade May Return In The Flesh This Summer, Organizers Hope


Coney Island might even see the return of its merry costumed seafolk this summer season, with plans for an in-person Mermaid Parade, organizers instructed Brooklyn Paper this week.

The parade’s date is but to be decided. Earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, the outside march—the place contributors costume up as legendary sea dwellers—was held in mid-June however this yr will probably be completely different due to the necessity to handle crowds and to accommodate the NYPD’s schedule of different parades and occasions, the Brooklyn Paper reported.

Organizer Dick Zigun of Coney Island USA instructed Brooklyn Paper that they’ll monitor the town’s progress in preventing the pandemic as they plan the parade: “We have to take note of what everyone seems to be listening to, which is the an infection charges taking place and vaccination charges going up,” Zigun instructed the paper.

The beloved cheeky occasion is among the highlights of New York Metropolis summers and has taken place yearly on Surf Avenue and the boardwalk for practically 40 years. Final summer season, the parade was held just about, billed as a TAIL-A-THON.

Coney Island’s rides and points of interest have additionally returned, with native retailers hoping this summer season will assist them recuperate from the monetary losses of the final yr when every part shuttered through the pandemic — one estimate has put the loss at $100 million for native companies.

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Deno’s Marvel Wheel Amusement Park and Luna Park in Coney Island reopened April ninth, for the primary time since October nineteenth, 2019 — they’re operating at 33% capability, with friends mandated to socially distance, put on face coverings, get a temperature verify, and buy tickets forward of their go to. The Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball workforce will play their residence opener Might 18th as nicely.

Alexandra Silversmith, government director of the Alliance for Coney Island, a public-private partnership that advocates for the group’s revitalization, mentioned she was extra optimistic about this summer season: “We’re actually excited to have 2021 actually have laughter and screams within the air as individuals benefit from the rides, when it was deafening and silent final yr,” she instructed Gothamist on the day the parks reopened. “It has been such a difficult time and we have been preventing, preventing, preventing actually for nearly a yr now to reopen, attempting to make the case that we’re protected to take action.”

“And now, to have the ability to convey individuals again to work, it is simply nice information,” she added. “It has been such a tough yr. So it’s actually, actually thrilling to have the ability to say one thing constructive for as soon as.”