This year King Neptune and Queen Mermaid were Adam Savage and Patti d’Arbanville

This year King Neptune and Queen Mermaid were Adam Savage and Patti d’Arbanville

Coney’s senior mermaid enjoying the 25th year of the parade.

Coney’s senior mermaid enjoying the 25th year of the parade.

Coney Island’s funeral procession makes its way down Surf Ave.

Coney Island’s funeral procession makes its way down Surf Ave.

One of many exhibitionist mermaids at this past weekends parade.

One of many exhibitionist mermaids at this past weekends parade.

Charlie’s Mermaids dancing their way through Coney Island.

Charlie’s Mermaids dancing their way through Coney Island.

Tony Seaprano taking a break from the mob to enjoy a nice summer day.

Tony Seaprano taking a break from the mob to enjoy a nice summer day.

The parade attracts people of all ages as both marchers and viewers.

The parade attracts people of all ages as both marchers and viewers.

This past Saturday New Yorkers came out to Coney Island to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mermaid Parade, but for many it was also a funeral procession.

According to www.coneyisland.com, “The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression,” but the parade itself may soon be history as a multi-billion dollar development plan threatens to convert the area to a year round resort. Many fear that this is the last summer of Coney Island, at least the Coney Island they’ve come to know and love, and with the end of Coney Island comes the end of the parade.

The parade’s organizers adamantly say Coney Island and the parade are not closing down and expect a 50th anniversary parade, but fears still loom that the parade, made famous for featuring exhibitionist merpeople, classic cars, floats, bands, and bikers, wont celebrate its 26th anniversary.