Marine creatures, old and young, dressed or otherwise, capture the Brooklyn neighborhood for one day each year to celebrate the art, culture and pride of their hometown in the country's biggest parade. 19659003] Coney Island Merry Parade takes a few of the predecessors in the contest, but it's a spectacle – not every weekend you can find that people in New York City are on asphalt.
Here's what you need to know before the 37th annual maritime themes on Saturday:
Many things: a holiday of artists, a lesson of mythology, pride.
Connie Island resident and arts advocate Dick Sigg dreams of it in 1983 to make a name for the art of the neighborhood and then to become an artefact of a recreational destination after its heyday. To conquer the entire neighborhood one day a year and to gather on an art parade, "he told CNN, and he did so by inviting artists to produce hand-made costumes with nautical themes and march, dance and float to show pride for its corner in New York, which began as a local event, eventually began to attract a global investigation
When Zigong announced that the mermaids would walk on land, people gave up. But the sirens of the sea are an integral part of the history of Coney Island and a great lure for paradis.
So there is a parade. What else is happening?
No one would dress unless all the glory in the area was set. The best dressed are competing at a beach contest following the parade. But be warned: Zigong says that "a beautiful mermaid does not give you anything in a mermaid parade," so Ariel's imitators will not be rewarded.
Every year, the Queen-Mermaid and King Neptune are also crowned. This year, the grandparents are Arlo and Nora Goutry, who grew up on Mermaid Avenue with their legendary songwriter and song Woody Guthrie
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Stars like Latifah, Debbie Harry, Lou Reed and David Byrne have reigned over the parade processes throughout his story.
Is it happening at the same time each year?
Md. Mermaids go on the same weekend as the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the official start of summer in the northern hemisphere.
Initially, Zigong asked the city to hold the mermaid's parade on July 4, but officials told him the day was too busy. So he set up early in the summer, in the season that won Coney Island's claim for glory.
He said he modeled the parade after the international celebrations of the summer solstice, so at the end of the itinerary, he and a priest of various denominations – this year, is the American shaman of the Lakota people – ask the neighborhood water spirits for good weather in the summer, thriving business and safety for those who visit its beaches.
How big is the crowd?
About 3,000 contestants have signed up for a march this year, Zigong said either walking or finishing in carefully crafted suits or sophisticated, human-powered floats. The end of the procession is 12 marching groups, 30 antique cars, many dance groups and even an act called Wu Tang Mida.
It is clear that creativity is encouraged.
Is the parade family appropriate?
Well, it depends on your definition of "friendly family".
While children make up a significant part of the parade demonstrations and spectators, 3000 participants mean a wide range of "Mermaid" interpretations and what mythical creatures wear (or not).
At the mermaid's parade, Glitter is considered clothing, Zigon says.
Who throws the parade?
It is launched by Connie Island USA, a non-profit organization that works to "protect the honor of entertainment, which has made the place known." The organization has a museum, a circus and a showroom whose revenue helps to fund on the $ 200,000 parade together with the support of the city and the sponsors.