Photos: The Colorful Poster Art of Coney Island's Iconic Mermaid Parade

Every year for the past three decades, an artist has been chosen to advertise the iconic Coney Island Mermaid Parade via a single poster.
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Photos: The Colorful Poster Art of Coney Island's Iconic Mermaid Parade Frank Kozik

Every year since 1983, crowds of people have come to Coney Island to bear witness to the largest art parade in the U.S. These days, the numbers of spectators are much larger than early on, reaching into the hundreds of thousands. To help publicize the event, an artist is chosen each year to design a single poster to represent the parade.

The Mermaid Parade is a celebration of mythology, art, Coney Island and of all American pop culture. The broad nature of the event offers the artist a challenge in how best to represent everything it stands for. Newsweek has assembled a collection of posters dating back to the parade's beginnings.

Cynthia Friedman's poster for the 1983 Coney Island Mermaid Parade, the first. The parade has become an iconic part of New York City history. Cynthia Friedman