The Poseidon’s Parade is a family-friendly art parade that encourages creativity and artistic expression. It is the work of the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade, the locally-run float that has represented the peninsula at the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. After winning best motorized float two years in a row – and having a blast for many, many other years – they decided, with support from community board 14 and the Parks Department, to bring a parade across the bay.
“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.”
The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Beach 106th Street and ends at the Beach 95th Street plaza, at the foot of the new boardwalk entrance.
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, seaside and ocean themed costumes.
Online registration is encouraged, and costs $5 for individual marchers, and $30 per float.
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.