The Mermaid Parade, the world's largest art parade, is on its way back to Coney Island for its 35th year of playful seaside revelry.

As Coney Island preps for its June 17 glitzy celebration at 1 p.m., you can sign up to be an official nautical marcher, TimeOut NY reports.

All you need is your seashell bikini, iridescent mermaid tale, voluminous wigs and bucket-loads of glitter to march– emphasis on the glitter. 

Join these spirited art buffs as they celebrate the summer solstice and the local art community.

As Coney Island's website explains, "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; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public."

No matter your ethnic background or religion beliefs you are welcome to participate in the coastal extravaganza.

You can register to apply on the day of with a $35-fee for adults and $20-fee for children.


But why do that when you can register online now?  You even get to save $5 for each mermaid marcher in your group. 

The site has all the important info,  especially for entering a super cool motorized floats, antique cars, flatbed trucks and human-powered floats in the parade. 

Hurry before the day comes. And be sure to snag your spot next to this year's Queen Mermaid and King Neptune, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie fame! Hand-made costumes, amazing body art, elaborate make-up and fascinating puppets are highly encouraged. 


Expect to bring tons of glitter home at the end of this exciting day. It will most likely live with you forever.

[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram] [via TimeOut NY]