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DON'T MISS!: MERMAID TO ORDER
WHILE tails are optional, marchers
(and strollers) will don seafaring gear for tomorrow’s 30th annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. This year, New York City’s answer to Mardi Gras is headed by Queen Mermaid Annabella Sciorra and King Neptune, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling.
“I’m excited as hell!” says Long Island-raised Martling about being royalty for a day. “I’m an old Coney Island fan from way back. Going back to the ’60s, I went to the Steeplechase and the Freak Show, the parachute drop . . .”
The zany parade, which has an old-style carnival and burlesque vibe, begins at 2 p.m. at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. It heads to West 10th Street and winds over to the Boardwalk, ending West 15th Street at about 5:30 p.m. Details at coneyisland.com
— Brian Niemietz