Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade to be postponed or viewed virtually as NYC cancels June events

Organizers of Coney Island’s famous Mermaid Parade are deciding how they’ll execute this year’s parade as all New York City permits for June have been canceled.

News 12 Staff

Apr 21, 2020, 3:16 PM

Updated 1,551 days ago

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Organizers of Coney Island’s famous Mermaid Parade are deciding how they’ll execute this year’s parade as all New York City permits for June have been canceled.
Every summer, hundreds of the brightest, boldest and most colorful mermaids and sea creatures make their way down the Coney Island boardwalk.
Dick Zigun, who considers himself the unofficial unelected mayor of Coney Island, founded the parade in 1983 and says each year the attendance continues to grow, with last year’s attendance at 800,000 people.
"It's about creativity, it's about being ridiculous, it's about celebrating the summer solstice, it's one of those things that makes New York City unique,” says Zigun.
In light of the coronavirus, he says he understands why they can't hold the parade on June 20.
"Of course it would be a mistake to gather a crowd of that size,” he says.
Zigun says he was disappointed that the mayor didn't mention the Mermaid Parade in his announcement Monday, especially since de Blasio’s son and daughter were the king and queen in 2014.
"We didn't get a call, we would appreciate a shout out. We're not mad, we're not protesting, we realize there's an emergency going on, but we really would like a shout out from the mayor,” says Zigun.
He says while they feel a bit slighted, they understand, and that they're open to the idea of a virtual parade, but prefer to reschedule a physical parade.
"We want New York City to be healthy. We understand health comes first, but we prefer to reschedule for August or Labor Day rather than right out cancel,” says Zigun.
He says regardless of when the parade is scheduled, virtually or physically, they still plan to announce this weekend who the king and queen will be.


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