The 4th Annual Promenade of Mermaids took place on Saturday, May 31, 2014. After opening ceremonies and registration for those desiring to compete in costume contests, the promenade started at 1:45 p.m. with women, men and children dressed in costume strolling and rolling down the walks and streets of Old Town Sacramento. Mini floats and carts of various kinds including bicycles toting children and a pirate ship-disguised wheelchair and rider made the short route as the participants on foot walked the old town planks along the storefronts.
The promenade was cute, colorful and fun. Onlookers were amused, entertained and sometimes annoyed at the crowds blocking car and foot traffic. The majority of ladies, as well as little girls, were bedazzled and bedecked in bikini style tops decorated with shells, netting, pearls and all manner of sea related objects paired with flowing skirts, pants with scale designs or anything resembling references to the sea, mermaids and Poseidon or Neptune, and a few glossy shimmering mermaid suits with flapping fins in place of feet. Men were primarily dressed as pirates but a few mermen and mer-boys were among the crowd including one being pulled in a wagon. For a short while, Old Town Sacramento was filled with beautiful girls and ladies of all ages dressed in aqua, green, blue and a rainbow of colors and styles while the swashbuckling men strolled at their sides.
Some costumes were homemade while others rented or purchased. Creativity and colorful hair and makeup made the event a joyous vision. The early afternoon was a family friendly activity followed by an adult after party at the Dive Bar from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The event also included an adult and children’s costume contest with first, second and third places being awarded as well as runner ups. Baskets were given as prizes to the winners and small toys and other items to the other contestants. If registered prior to the event day, there was no fee to compete or $5.00 otherwise.
Children’s costume winners included a little cutie-pie wearing big sunglasses and a sort of tutu mermaid dress, a baby in a red crotched mermaid outfit, and the mer-boy in the wagon. Adult second went to a silver Jellyfish and first place to Zarah Ragan of Zarah’Nized Wear who came fully equipped with a mermaid cart decorated in blue waves and glitter and pulled by two strong men as she smiled and bounced in the cart as it was pulled across the Old Town cobbles. All participants seemed to enjoy smiling and waving for the camera as well as entertaining the promenade watchers. More information about the Sacramento Promenade of Mermaids is available at their website.