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Coney Island's 'Mermaid Parade' Lives On

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This weekend, forget all the doom-and-gloom news -- and (mostly) rumors -- surrounding Coney Island. Astroland may be closed, but Coney Island is alive and well. As evidence, the 27th annual Mermaid Parade kicks off tomorrow, June 20 at 2 p.m. at Coney Island!

Highlights of this year's parade include: King Neptune Harvey Keitel, with his "Queen Mermaid" Daphna; They Might Be Giants performing live on a parade float; members of the Philadelphia Mummers; monster truck "Blue Thunder" in a parade prelude; performers from Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey's "Boom A Ring"; and a new parade route.

In case you missed it: Harvey Keitel?! We can't imagine how, or why, Mr. Keitel will be "King Neptune" tomorrow, but you'll probably want to see for yourself anyway.

After the parade, don't forget about the post-parade Mermaid Ball at Dreamland Roller Rink.

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Producers state:

"The Mermaid Parade is an annual production of Coney Island USA, Brooklyn’s resident non-profit arts organization at the beach since 1980. Coney Island USA also produces Sideshows by the Seashore and the Coney Island Museum.  The Mermaid Parade officially opens the ocean for summer swimming, teaches mythology to Brooklyn families, provides self-esteem for Coney Island and artistic self-expression for the New York City arts community.  Over the years the Mermaid Parade has grown into the largest event of the year at Coney Island and it is also one of the ten biggest parades annually in New York City."

For more info, visit www.coneyisland.com. See you at the parade!

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-- Daniel Lehman

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