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Debbie Harry and Chris Stein were wheeled along the parade route in a wicker chair.

By Annie Reuter

Blondie vocalist Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein reigned over New York’s annual Mermaid Parade.

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The two took part in the colorful Coney Island parade on Saturday¬†(June 17), serving as Queen Mermaid and King Neptune. Harry and Stein were wheeled along the parade route in a wicker chair and greeted members of the crowd, many of whom lined up in the rain hours before the parade’s 1 pm starting time.

The Mermaid Parade, which first launched in 1983, draws hundreds of thousands of people dressed in mermaid attire, and serves as the kickoff to summer. It includes a beach ceremony that officially opens the ocean for the swimming season.

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