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Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2018: See photos of nautical-inspired costumes and more

Hundreds of thousands of "mermaids" and "mermen" streamed into Brooklyn for the 36th annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade on Saturday.

The costumed revelers swished a collective fin along Surf Avenue and the Coney Island boardwalk on a sunny day, a vast improvement over last year's showers.

The annual parade is a neighborhood tradition celebrating its history and freedom of self-expression since 1983.

Scroll down for a look at paraders and viewers dressed as pirates, coral and other ocean-loving characters and creatures.

Parade founder Dick D. Zigun, left, cut the last ribbon for summer and is ready, together with King Neptune Neil Gaiman, center right, and Queen Mermaid Amanda Palmer, right, to officially open the summer season right after the 36th Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

Goth mermaids take Surf Avenue.

Parade participants pose on the boardwalk.

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This mermaid had wings.

"Cigarette Girl" mermaids pose on the boardwalk at the end of the parade.

A parade participant makes a face for the camera.

Glamorous mermaids perform on the boardwalk.

A mermaid dances on the boardwalk.

A coral-clad mermaid poses before entering the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

A wave-like mermaid walks to the parade.

A participant dances at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

Paraders pose at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island on Saturday.

A woman participates in the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

People participate in the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

Paraders pose for before entering the 2018 version of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

A participant shows off her elaborate makeup at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

People participate in the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

A reveler at the 2018 Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

Kids watch participants from the sidelines at the Mermaid Parade.

Revelers participate in the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

A man dressed as Neptune rides a float at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

Revelers wear all kinds of costumes at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

A reveler salutes as a classic car passes during the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.