Saturday, June 17
Speaking of can’t-miss annual events, the iconic Mermaid Parade descends in all its befinned and sequined glory upon Coney Island again this Saturday and Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie are the King and Queen this year. The parade–now in its 35th year–is the largest art parade in the country, and the creativity, imagination, and hard work that go into the thousands of costumes on display is truly astounding. The fun starts at 1pm, and will be followed this year by an afterparty at House of YES for revelers who want to keep the weird, wild and wonderful vibe going past 10pm. Alternatively, Governor’s Island is hosting its annual Porch Stomp–a free festival featuring over 60 folk, bluegrass, and americana acts–from noon to 5pm.