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It’s time to buy some blue hair dye!

The second annual Poseidon’s Parade will step off from the newly rebuilt boardwalk at Beach 106th Street in Rockaway Beach on Sept. 17 at about 11 a.m. The revelers — probably a few Neptunes, a couple of mermaids, and some fish — will then find their way to the Beach 86th Street Plaza.

Organized as a family-friendly celebration of summer and the ocean, all are invited to create a float or dress up as a sea creature. Participants can stroll on foot or travel via bicycle or human-powered float, but motorized vehicles are not allowed.

The organizing group, the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade, informs that the focus will be on artistic expression with judges giving out prizes based on creativity and craftsmanship. The categories include Best Baby Carriage, Best Bicycle, Best Float, Best Group, Best Individual, Best Pet, Best Recycled Materials, and for the first time this year, Best Bar/Restaurant.

After the parade, participants of all ages will keep the fun going in the “Under the Sea Lounge” with a DJ, face painting, hula hoops, an NYC Parks Department mobile playground, crafts, and other activities at Beach 95th.

The event’s history traces back to 2014, when the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade won the Best Motorized Float award at the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. After winning the same award again in 2015, members decided to keep their talent at home and organize a less racy parade.

“Poseidon is a symbol that speaks to the resilience of Rockaway,” said co-organizer Casey Brouder. “After all we have been through as a community, we can pay homage to the strong and beautiful ocean we can’t seem to live without.”

Online registration is encouraged. Prices are $5 for individual marchers, and $30 for a push-pull, non-motorized float with a five-person capacity.

Gallery photos courtesy of Poseidon’s Parade

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