Coney Island Mermaid Parade

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Woody Guthrie's Children Are King, Queen At Coney Island Mermaid Parade

June 22, 2019 - 5:32 pm
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Woody Guthrie's children, Arlo and Nora Guthrie, are the king and queen of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

Saturday's colorful spectacle of participants in zany aquatic costumes ushered in the New York summer for the 37th time. This year, the corner of Mermaid Avenue and West 35th Street is being named "Woody Guthrie Way.''

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The songwriter famed for "This Land is Your Land'' and his wife moved into a modest first-floor apartment on Mermaid Avenue in 1943, and that's where the siblings grew up.

The Mermaid Parade was founded in 1983 to promote the historic amusement park district and what Coney Island advocate Dick Zigun calls its "wacky art.''

The parade now has a global following and is staged each year on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice.