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

Mermaids and mermen don’t mind the rain: Despite heavy showers, the annual Mermaid Parade swished a collective fin along Surf Avenue and the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Because you can’t keep a good merperson down.

It’s been a popular year for whimsical creatures, and the merpeople even allowed the unicorns to join the 35th annual parade. A tradition since 1983, the event was facing turbulent waters in May as organizers were unsure if they’d have enough funding to cover the permits, security and various other costs required to hold the spectacle that draws hundreds of thousands of the sea-curious. But donors were able to raise the $50,000 needed in time to keep the parade swimming.

And swim it did. Scroll down for a look at the costumed revelers.

Revelers participate in Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade
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Revelers participate in Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017. The Mermaid Parade began in 1983 and features participants dressed as mermaids and other sea creatures.

Revelers march in the annual Mermaid Parade at
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Revelers march in the annual Mermaid Parade at Coney Island on June 17, 2017.

Attendees at Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade on
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Attendees at Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

Attendees at Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade on
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Attendees at Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

A duo known as Monkey Sea Monkey Do
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A duo known as Monkey Sea Monkey Do at Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

Julius Vontrapp, 31, of Jersey City, at Coney
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Julius Vontrapp, 31, of Jersey City, at Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

Revelers march in Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wroblewski

Revelers march in Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

Participants in Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on June
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wroblewski

Participants in Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

A participant in Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on
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A participant in Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

A participant in Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Stellar Product / Eugene Gologursky

A participant in Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

Revelers march in Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wroblewski

Revelers march in Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

Revelers at Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on June
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wroblewski

Revelers at Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

Revelers wait out the rain before marching in
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Revelers wait out the rain before marching in Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

Angie Cerciello, 25, of Pennsylvania, at Coney Island's
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Angie Cerciello, 25, of Pennsylvania, at Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017. The Mermaid Parade began in 1983 and features participants dressed as mermaids and other sea creatures.

Mariel Arthur, 27, of Jersey City, at Coney
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Mariel Arthur, 27, of Jersey City, at Coney Island's Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017. The Mermaid Parade began in 1983 and features participants dressed as mermaids and other sea creatures.

A unicyclist at Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade
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A unicyclist at Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

The rain couldn't hold back participants in Coney
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The rain couldn't hold back participants in Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

Revelers get ready to march in Coney Island's
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Revelers get ready to march in Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade on June 17, 2017.

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