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Calling all mermaids, sailors, seafarers and protectors of the sea

The second annual Poseidon's Parade, a celebration of summer and the ocean, will step off on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Beach 106th Street in Rockaway Beach at 11am on the newly-rebuilt boardwalk. 

It's a family-friendly art parade that encourages creativity and artistic expression, inspired by Rockaway's participation in the famous Coney Island Mermaid Parade, according to an organizers The Rockaway Mermaid Brigade - a locally-run group who have been representing the peninsula at the Coney Island event each year.

"We're honoring the ocean and artistic expression, like we experience each year in Coney Island," said Casey Brouder. 
"Poseidon is a symbol that speaks to the resilience of Rockaway. 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."

Participants can march solo, with a group, on a float or on a bike. Prizes will be awarded in different categories highlighting the most creative costumes.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Beach 106th and ends at the Beach 95th Street plaza, at the foot of the new boardwalk entrance. 

After the parade, kids and their families can celebrate in the "Under the Sea Lounge" with a DJ, face painting, hula hooping, the Parks Department mobile playground, crafts and other activities at Beach 95th.

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