Published June 22, 2013
NEW YORK – Storm-ravaged Coney Island is celebrating its survival with its annual wacky and weird Mermaid Parade.
Hundreds of thousands of people hit the famed Brooklyn boardwalk Saturday for the procession, billed as the world's largest art parade.
This year's version was a spectacle of outlandish floats, muscle cars, cross-dressing men and women in revealing costumes.
Coney Island was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy last October, but its boardwalk was one of the few on the coast that was spared. Organizers feared they would have to cancel the parade after their offices flooded.
But parade founder Dick Zigun (ZIH'-guhn) turned to Kickstarter and raised more than $100,000 so the show would go on.
Coney Island hardware store owner Ernest Mitchell says the parade is a major "morale boost" after a tough year.