A parade attendee in costume refreshes herself at the sea during the 37th annual Mermaid Parade at Coney Island, Saturday, June 22, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Woody Guthrie's children named Mermaid Parade king and queen

June 22, 2019 - 5:47 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Woody Guthrie's children, Arlo and Nora Guthrie, are king and queen of this year's Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

Saturday's colorful spectacle of participants in zany aquatic costumes ushered in the New York summer for the 37th time.

This year, the corner of Mermaid Avenue and West 35th Street in Brooklyn is being named Woody Guthrie Way.

The songwriter famous for "This Land is Your Land" and his wife moved into a modest first-floor apartment on Mermaid Avenue in 1943, and that's where the siblings grew up.

The parade was founded in 1983 to promote the historic amusement park district and what Coney Island advocate Dick Zigun calls its "wacky art."

The parade now has a global following and is staged each year on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice.

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