Coney Island's 2015 Mermaid Parade Invades the Bay

Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, which attracts thousands of revelers annually, held another sparkly event this year despite gloomy weather.
According to Coney Island's official website, "the Mermaid Parade specifically was founded in 1983 with 3 goals: It brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune; which creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as 'entertainment'; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.