(GETTY IMAGES) -- Photos from the 2013 Mermaid Parade at Coney Island on June 22, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Coney Island was hard hit by Superstorm Sandy but parade organizers, whose offices were flooded, were able to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter to fund the parade.
The Mermaid Parade began in 1983 and features participants dressed as mermaids and other sea creatures while paying homage to the former tradition of the Coney Island Mardi Gras which ran annually in the early fall from 1903-1954. (Photos by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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