Mermaids, dragons, seafarers, Greek deities and various forms of marine life will fill Rockaway Beach streets during the first-ever Poseidon’s Parade on Saturday, Sept. 19.
Scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m., this inaugural, family-friendly march will begin at the newly constructed boardwalk on Beach 106th Street and proceed to Beach 95th Street, where the Under the Sea Lounge will host a DJ, a Parks Department mobile playground, and other children’s activities. Plus, a pop-up market with local food and fashion vendors will run until 7 p.m.
Admittedly, this Queens pageant is lightly based on the flamboyant Mermaid Parade, which takes place at a nearby beach, Coney Island, every summer.
The organizers, the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade, got their inspiration after winning the Best Motorized Float award at the past two Brooklyn processions.
However, there won’t be many risqué costumes at this event, which will emphasize artistic expression.
A panel of judges will review the partakers with an eye on the craftsmanship and creativity of their ocean-themed costumes. The prize categories include Best Baby Carriage, Best Bicycle, Best Float, Best Pet, and Best Recycled Materials.
The prices are $5 per walker and $10 per float. Online registration is encouraged.