Poseidon Persists


 Coronavirus may have officially canceled parades this year, but since when was Ariel one to follow rules? It may not have been the usual seafaring shindig that has drawn big crowds to the boardwalk at the end of the summer since 2015, but Poseidon’s Parade swam on.

On Saturday, September 26, a small group of costumed mermaids, octopuses and even Forrest Gump, led by mermaid queen Casey Butler, partook in a socially-distanced stroll down the boardwalk from Beach 106th to Beach 95th Street. Bobby Butler and Jenna Baker of Indaculture kept spirits high as they played and sang aboard a mobile Whalemina, which followed along Shore Front Parkway.

At around Beach 96th, all convened to dance and sing the afternoon away. Best costume went to Richie Knott for his Forrest Gump getup and enthusiasm to run, or rather, jog along the parade route.

Although smaller than usual, Saturday’s parade kept the Poseidon spirit alive in anticipation of returning to normal next year. “We’ll see you all next year when we resume our usual fun and games,” The Rockaway Mermaid Brigade, which organizes the annual event, posted to the Poseidon’s Parade Facebook page. “Until then, we’re making the best of it just like everyone else.”

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By Katie McFadden



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