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

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A coral-clad mermaid poses before entering the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

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.