New York’s Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade is a little crazier than the average parade in the city as you can see from the video of last year’s parade.
The commentary attached to the video gives a good summary of the history and purpose of the parade and of it’s rather haphazard but very inclusive and happy nature.
But because of its name and strong association to the sea every time the parade is held there are also many soggy myths about mermaids circulating online and off
Leaving aside the youtube videos of supposedly ‘real’ mermaids, there has been a long history of the link between show business and various fake mermaids which is unsurprizing given they are mythical creatures.
Phineas Taylor Barnum set up his American Museum in New York in the mid 19th Century in which he displayed hoaxes and human curiosities.
These included the thoroughly fake ‘Fejee’ Mermaid which consisted of the top half of a monkey joined to a long fishtail. This enterprizing New Yorker made his fortune by how many gullible New Yorkers rushed to see it. Fortunately today’s Mermaid Parade has many many mermaids of the legitimately pretend variety, all of them happy and healthy New Yorkers just having great fun