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

MMP2013Frank Kozik
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.

MMP1983 Cynthia Friedman
Cynthia Friedman
MMP1985Marc Kehoe
Marc Kehoe
MMP4thFundraiser Marc Kehoe
Marc kehoe
MMP1988 Valerie Haller
Valerie Haller
MMP1989 Valerie Haller
Valerie Haller
MMP1993 Valerie Haller
Valerie Haller
MMP2004 Kevin Mutch
Kevin Mutch
MMP2008 Jamie Coville
Jamie Coville