Mer-made to party: Where to go after the Mermaid Parade

They mer-made it: After the Mermaid Parade concludes around 4 pm on June 17, founder Dick Zigun will proclaim the beaches open. But where will you go afterwards?
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The sirens will be going all night!

Brooklyn’s beloved Mermaid Parade will launch this Saturday afternoon at 1 pm — but once it wraps up three hours later, the party is not over! Once the floats, marching bands, antique cars, Queen Mermaid Deborah Harry, and more than 1,000 mer-men and women have traveled down Surf Avenue for the 35th Annual Mermaid Parade, the many participants and watchers will all want a place to party and show off their outfits. So save some energy for one of the many after parties around the borough.

It’s official!

You can start your party moments after finishing the parade — the Official Party of the Mermaid Parade is just a few steps away, at the open-air art museum Coney Art Walls. You can dance to disc jockey Jonathan Toubin’s world famous soul vinyls and fuel up with snacks provided by Chick-N-Cone, Coney Shack, and Neapolitan Express.

Coney Art Walls (3050 Stillwell Ave. between Bowery Street and the Boardwalk in Coney Island, June 17, noon–10 pm. Free.

Scurvy sea dogs!

Swim over to Freddy’s Bar in Park Slope right after the parade for an afternoon of beer and Nathan’s hot dog combos for $5 — assuming you didn’t get your fill while you were at the original frankfurter stand. Bartenders will fill up your first drink for free if you show up decked out in mermaid attire. And starting at 10:30 pm, local rock band Sea Kelp — a perfect musical fit for the evening — will take the stage.

Freddy’s Bar (627 Fifth Ave. between 17th and 18th streets in Park Slope, June 17 at 4 pm. Free.

Creature feature

Shake your mermaid tail-feather at the fifth annual Sea Creature Stomp Mermaid Parade After Party at Gemini and Scorpio Loft in Gowanus. Special guest disc jockey Boogiemeister is flying in from Hawaii to provide the best tunes all night long, and there will be ice cream and cheap drinks to keep you cool once you leave the dance floor.

Gemini and Scorpio (255 Douglass St. between Third Avenue and Nevins Street in Gowanus, June 17, 8 pm–2 am. $10–$20 suggested donation.

Sea shanties

Boerum Hill watering hole Hank’s Saloon will host a Mer-Lives Matter party after the parade, featuring deep-sea down-home bands all night, including Americana act Dan Montgomery Band, Thigh Highs, Heap, and Meticulous Woman.

Hank’s Saloon (46 Third Ave. at Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, June 17, 7:30 pm–1 am. $7.

Swing of the sea

Explore an ancient kingdom at the Atlantis party at Bushwick’s House of Yes — where all underwater species are welcome, and costumes are mandatory! Whether you appear as ill-tempered god of the sea Poseidon, or as a gentle sea horse, you can float into a photo booth, spend the night dancing to tunes from Sirens of Sea and a trio of disc jockeys, and exploring a bioluminescent lagoon, aquatic aerial spectacles, and bursting bubbles.

House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave. between Jefferson and Troutman streets in Bushwick, June 17, 10 pm–4 am. $15–$25.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:58 pm, July 9, 2018
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