To Do Saturday: Sea and Be Seen

2012 King Neptune

2012 King Neptune.

If you haven’t been to the infamous annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, this is your chance. Over 1,500 crazy floats, marchers in over-the-top costumes and, yes, “mermaids” command Surf Avenue and the Coney Island boardwalk at the largest art parade in the nation, inspired by both ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals. Founded in 1983, the outdoor festival features junk food, antique and muscle cars and live music, and it is especially poignant this year, post-Hurricane Sandy damage, as the procession was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Judah Friedlander will be King Neptune and Real Housewife Carole Radziwill is the Queen Mermaid.

Surf Avenue, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1-3pm.