Street Closures Announced for Coney Island's Mermaid Parade 2024

Street Closures Announced for Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade 2024

Thousands of mermaid enthusiasts and art aficionados are gearing up for the 42nd annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade, set to dazzle Brooklyn on Saturday, June 22, 2024, starting at 1 p.m. As the nation’s largest art parade, this beloved event will transform the streets into a colorful celebration of creativity and community spirit.

In preparation for the parade, the NYPD and the city’s Department of Transportation have announced several street closures that will impact the surrounding areas.

These closures are necessary to accommodate both the parade formation and its designated route, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants and spectators alike.

Parade Formation Street Closures:

  • West 21st Street, between Neptune Avenue and Boardwalk
  • West 22nd Street, between Neptune Avenue and Boardwalk
  • West 23rd Street, between Neptune Avenue and Dead End
  • Surf Avenue, between West 21st Street and West 24th Street

Parade Route Street Closures:

  • Surf Avenue, between West 21st Street and West 10th Street
  • West 10th Street, between Surf Avenue and Boardwalk

Festival Area Street Closure:

  • Stillwell Avenue, between Surf Avenue and Boardwalk

The Mermaid Parade, founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, pays homage to the area’s rich cultural history and artistic vibrancy.

Inspired by the festive spirit of Mardi Gras, the parade features a whimsical array of participants including King Neptune, Queen Mermaid, marching bands, and imaginative floats adorned with sea creatures and mer-folk.

The procession will commence at the intersection of West 21st Street and Surf Avenue, proceeding eastward to West 10th Street before culminating at Steeplechase Plaza under the iconic Parachute Jump.

According to the source, following the parade’s conclusion around 5 p.m., a ceremonial procession will lead from the judges’ stand to the beach, marking the official opening of the summer swimming season.

For spectators eager to catch a glimpse of the spectacle, the parade is free to watch from various vantage points. While the boardwalk offers a scenic view of marchers and floats, Surf Avenue provides a closer look at antique cars and motorized floats.

Organizers recommend standing on the north side of Surf Avenue to ease access to subway stations and minimize congestion post-parade.

Accessibility and Parking: ADA-accessible viewing areas are available at the NYPD Command Center between 10th and 12th Streets on the north side of Surf Avenue.

Due to extensive street closures beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until after 6 p.m., parade-goers are encouraged to utilize public transportation. Parking options include lots at the New York Aquarium, Maimonides Park, and private lots between Surf and Neptune Avenues.

Participation Opportunities: There is still time to join the festivities as a participant. Individuals or groups can register to march or showcase floats and antique cars.

Registration fees are $35 for adults and $20 for children, with check-in taking place on parade day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parking lot on Surf Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets.

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade not only heralds the arrival of summer in New York City but also bolsters the local economy by attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the amusement area.

Supported in part by public funds, the parade remains a cornerstone of community celebration and artistic expression.

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