37th annual Mermaid Parade steps off in Coney Island

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Hundreds of people flocked to Coney Island Saturday for the 37th annual Mermaid Parade.
 
The yearly celebration of art and culture kicked off at 1 p.m. on Surf Avenue.
 
The event was founded in 1983 as a way to bring mythology to life and let New Yorkers express themselves. 
 
"You can come and be whoever," one attendee said. "You can jump in the ocean or you can just prance on land." 
 
Music, dancing and free giveaways were also part of the parade.
 
This year, Arlo Guthrie serves as King Neptune, and Nora Guthrie is Queen Mermaid. They are the children of legendary folk musician Woody Guthrie -- and a street in Coney Island was renamed for Woody on Saturday.
 

MORE: Street in Coney Island renamed in honor of Woody Guthrie 

 

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