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Mermaid events 2019

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For those who are not content to loll around the pool with your new mermaid tail, you might enjoy a gathering of mer-kind, even if it is just in name. Pack your favourite sea shell tops and swim over to these special mermaid themed conventions, events, and locations.

Don't forget to visit any local mermaid art and signage in the area if you can. No would-be mermaid’s calendar is complete without a visit to a museum featuring a piece of famous mermaid art!

Mermaid attractions and events

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

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The Mermaid Parade was founded in 1983 by Dick Zigun, and is done in the tradition of early Coney Island Mardi Gras celebrations. It is held on the Saturday closest to the start of summer (circa 21 June). Partial to near-full nudity is common during the festival, but the parade itself is also considered a family event with numerous children present. Parade participants dress in costume, typically a mermaid or merman --- though other sea creatures, pirates, and sailors are frequently seen.

The parade attracts many thousands of spectators each year and is one of Coney Island's biggest annual attractions.

The next parade is Saturday 22 June 2019!

Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida

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Weeki Wachee Springs is a Roadside America attraction founded in 1946 by Newton Perry. He had the site cleared and a theatre built to house underwater mermaid shows right in the spring. The doors opened 13 October 1947. By the 1950s it had become one of the most popular American tourist attractions with crowds coming to see the mermaids swimming. Former mermaids even come to perform each year in special Mermaids of Yesteryear shows.

Weeki Wachee Springs is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is located in Spring Hill, Florida at the intersection of SR 50 and Hwy 19. A mermaid destination since 1947.

Dive bars featuring live mermaids

Where to find famous mermaid art

tiffany mermaid window

Mermaids on the map

Mermaid Avenue

Mermaid Drive

Mermaid Lane

Mermaid Road

Mermaid Street

Mermaid dining

Mermaid lodgings

Further reading

You might also enjoy these books:

Weeki Wachee Springs Weeki Wachee Springs by Maryan Pelland and Dan Pelland (Arcadia Publishing, 2006): Weeki Wachee's long history is chronicled in this book about the City of Mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs. It includes numerous historical photos of the performing mermaids (originally called the "Aquabelles") in their native environment. While some of the photos are of performances, it also includes such photos as mermaids easing on their costumes, working behind the scenes, and training. There is also an image of the letter sent in response to inquiries by potential mermaids. A fascinating read.   Weeki Wachee Mermaids Weeki Wachee Mermaids: Thirty Years of Underwater Photography by Lu Vickers (University Press of Florida, 2012): Although the textual history of Weeki Wachee is just a short section, the main attraction in this book is the photos of the mermaid performers in the Spring. Most of the photos are from the private collections of the pictured performers, so this is a rare behind the scenes glimpse of what it's like to be a Weeki Wachee mermaid.

These books can be difficult to find since many are out of print. Some great places to buy these things online include:

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