Chatting with 12 real-life mermaids at Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade

Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Photography by Taylor Hill/WireImage
Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Photography by Taylor Hill/WireImage

Meet the Coney Island Mermaid Parade mermaids »

Real mermaids! On the boardwalk! Can it be? Well, almost. This past weekend, the 32nd annual Mermaid Parade hit Coney Island, just in time for the summer solstice in New York. A seemingly infinite number of mythological sea creatures (1,500+ to be exact) flooded the city’s Surf Avenue and famous boardwalk, as girls in seashell bras and similarly dressed onlookers showed off their wave-ready craftiness.

We fought through all the shells, clams and deep sea crowds to chat with some of the parade’s most decked out mermaids. Who knew they’d have so much to say about beauty and style?