Mermaids are REAL!

Happy Monday, finny friends! Last week we finally revealed the date of the 2nd Annual Promenade of Mermaids as August 27, 2016, and gave you some ideas about different ways to style your mermaid tails. This week I would like to take it a step further and show you some REAL. LIVE. MERMAIDS! (and mermen!)

The art of being a mermaid (mermaid-ing?) is very real, and there are beautiful and talented performers worldwide who dedicate their lives to mastering the intricacies of swimming, performing tricks, style, and yes folks- custom tails. I’d like to introduce you to a few incredible performers I’ve discovered, and hopefully their expertise inspires you on your mermaid costume journey.

Probably the number one search result for live mermaid performances belongs to the Weeki Wachee City of Live Mermaids in Florida.


“Set on 538-acres and home to the deepest naturally-formed spring in North America, this state park is best known for its live Mermaid Shows, where “half-fish, half-human” performers swim and dance in an underwater theater built 20 feet below the spring’s surface.” –Atlas Obscura

Here’s a peek at some highlights from Weeki Wachee:

If you explore instagram, you find dozens of professional mermaids and mermen, mermaid models, and custom mermaid tail crafters. Please allow a few moments for the images to load because well, instagrams embed code isn’t very fast (womp womp).

@edensirene The Fishhawk Mermaid:

@veronica.esh a mermaid from Orange County, California:

@jp4me male model dabbling in mermaid-ing:

A photo posted by ⭐️JP (@jp4me) on Mar 31, 2016 at 3:06pm PDT

@adventuresofalexis describes herself as Christian. Wife. Gryffindor. Mermaid. Turquoise. Wildflower. Photographer. Minimalist. Traveler:

A photo posted by Alexis (@adventuresofalexis) on Apr 8, 2016 at 12:50pm PDT

A photo posted by Alexis (@adventuresofalexis) on Mar 19, 2016 at 5:58am PDT

@merman_arion “Deaf | Single | Disney nerd | Based in Paris”

A photo posted by Merman Arion (@merman_arion) on Feb 4, 2016 at 4:26pm PST

A video posted by Merman Arion (@merman_arion) on Apr 3, 2016 at 5:17am PDT

A photo posted by Merman Arion (@merman_arion) on Nov 6, 2015 at 12:59am PST

@mermanchristian is a professional merman & actor for hire… just puttin’ that out there…

A photo posted by Merman Arion (@merman_arion) on Apr 7, 2016 at 10:00am PDT

@mermaidkatja a mer-model from Melbourne, Australia:

@mermanjax is a full time performing merman- hire him for your next party! Such an interesting profile:

A photo posted by @mermanjax on Mar 15, 2016 at 11:21am PDT

A video posted by @mermanjax on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:30am PDT

@stacey_ava a Tahitian yogi, aerialist, and mermaid:

@mermaidsirenity has so much mermaid-ing going on, check out her profile for more videos and beautiful photography:

@merbellastudios created these fabulous tails, check out their page to see more (trust me, you want to!):

It’s a Weeki Wachee mermaid!


Elegant and graceful, these real life mermaids look like they came straight out of a story book! There’s no limit to what you can create, especially when you have such fantastic inspiration! Which of these mermaids or mermen stood out the most to you? Have you ever seen a live mermaid perform?

If you have any feedback or suggestions for future blog posts, we’d love to hear from you! We have a hashtag- use #asburypromenade on social media so we can find you! Follow us on instagram @asburyparkpromenade, twitter @asburypromenade, and Facebook at Asbury Park Promenade of Mermaids.


-CJ Mars

Scales and Tails

This week we were finally able to announce the official date of the second annual Asbury Park Promenade of Mermaids as August 27, 2016, and we couldn’t be more excited to get the ball rolling! We’re going to be doing a lot of planning on our end to bring you the greatest party we can, but now it’s time for you to start thinking about those mermaid costumes!

We all know the standard mermaid “look”- long hair, clamshell bra, green tail… but what if we switched it up a bit? After all, there’s plenty of fish in the sea, as they say. Imagine what an arctic mermaid would look like? She may have ice and frost on her skin, or a hint of blue iridescence in her tail. What about a deep-sea mermaid? Sea creatures found in the depths of the ocean develop luminescent abilities since it’s so dark, maybe a deep-sea mermaid would glow!

What kind of mermaid do you want to be?


A Caribbean Mermaid from the Spiderwick Chronicles



Clown Fish Mermaid- illustrated by ArtLair on DeviantArt



Lionfish Mermaid by fantasy artist Chris Achilleos



Koi Mermaid- illustrated by JillJohansen on DeviantArt



Mermaid of Deep Water (guess I wasn’t the only one who had this idea!)- illustrated by Candra on DeviantArt



Rainbow Mermaid



Goldfish Mermaid- illustrated by AlixBranwyn on DeviantArt



draiad on DeviantArt imagined her mermaid as a leopard shark!



Don’t be afraid to play with color, like efira-japan on DeviantArt did!



A Deadly Tropical Mermaid- illustrated by MerKatch on DeviantArt



This mermaid by Enchantress-Lele on DeviantArt has multiple fins



Flying Fish Mermaid and Demi Sea Princess- both illustrated by Chael on DeviantArt




Add as many fins as you want, like MichelleHoefener on DeviantArt did!



Personally, I’m not opposed to mermaids having wings, too- such as in Amy Brown’s art



Or Melusine, the two-tailed, winged mermaid of mythology, depicted here by MonochromaticART on DeviantArt




Now I want a Starbucks. Anyway, what kind of mermaid will you be? Let us know in the comments!

If you have any feedback or suggestions for future blog posts, we’d love to hear from you! We have a hashtag- use #asburypromenade on social media so we can find you! Instagram us @asburyparkpromenade, twitter @asburypromenade, Facebook Asbury Park Promenade of Mermaids.


-CJ Mars