Mermaid Parade Backstage Meet-Up!

It’s that time again! If you’ve never made it out to Coney Island for the annual Mermaid Parade – you’re missing out! This year, erectile the parade celebrates a huge milestone — its 30th anniversary!

In years past, we’ve tried to host meet-ups for the parade route itself, and it always ends up getting pretty hairy with the hordes of crowds that show up for this wonderfully crazy and surreal event. Last year, I think we finally figured out the winning formula — we meet at the parade line-up staging area. It was a blast to hang around with all the mermaids (and legions of photographers) as they’re getting ready. So, if anyone is interested again this year, a group will be heading down a few hours before the 2pm parade.

The staging area is located around W 21st Street with antique cars and motorized floats stretching towards W 19th. In years past, the parade organizers have charged $5-per-camera as a nominal entry fee to mingle with the mermaids. Can’t wait to see you there — what will you be shooting??

Date: Saturday, June 23rd
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: W 21st Street parade staging area
Via MTA: N / Q / F / D to Coney Island – Stillwell Ave

Check out a few great shots from the parade last year below!

“Gimme Shellter” by Andrea Schwalm:
Gimme Shellter

“King Tut Gold” and “Starfish Man” by Leanne Staples:
King Tut Goldstarfish man

Untitled by Adam Lerner:

Untitled portraits by Lucy Aboytes:

“Mermaid Parade – Brother,” by Vitaliy Piltser:
Mermaid Parade - Brother

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