2012 marks 30th anniversary of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade organized by Coney Island USA ( http://www.coneyisland.com). It is an amazing arts parade that pays homage to the Coney Island Mardi Gras parades held in the first half of the 20th century. The parade always falls on the first Saturday of Summer making it the longest Saturday of the year. This is a very large gallery is somewhat in order of events starting from 5:45am going to midnight, it covers the entire day - not just the parade. Please do not reuse my photos without asking my permission. Enjoy!