The March of the Mermaids moves to Brighton seafront

MERMAIDS, pirates and fishermen walked the boardwalk to save the world’s oceans.

The March of the Mermaids, a glittering annual extravaganza, took place this weekend for the first time since the pandemic began.

Brighton tradition saw hundreds of scintillating activists strolling down Brighton Promenade to the sound of drums and fifes on Saturday.

Honor Mission, 55, organizer and flagship of the march, told The Argus: “It was amazing, I didn’t think it would be so great after two years of lockdown.

“We didn’t know what kind of reaction we were going to get.

The Argus: Mission of Honor at the 2019 MarchMission of honor at the 2019 march

“I’m just flawed by the support and people who really love it and look forward to it every year.

“It was perfect weather for it too, if we book it in January we have no idea what the weather will be like but it was the perfect day.”

Mermen, marine mammals, crustaceans, pirates, sailors and all manner of marine life are all invited to participate.

The march started in Hove Lawns and passed the i360 to Fortune of War in Brighton where the celebrations continued into the night.

The marchers were joined by drummers, a steel band, and then by Fortune of War, singers and DJs playing “fishy tunes.”

The Argus: Photo: Simon DackPhoto: Simon Dack

Costume contests were also held at the party, best dressed tiddler, best dressed queen, mermaid and king shrimp were crowned, as was best recycled costume.

During the march, volunteers encouraged people to donate money to charity, this year raising funds for the Marine Conservation Society.

Honor said: “We raised around £300 in 2019 but to be honest it’s more about raising awareness.

“I’ll go with my megaphone. I encourage people to take litter home to the beach and raise awareness, but in a really wacky way.

“It’s always so much fun and people want to get involved.

“I always have flaws in the costumes, we had an octopus, we had a lobster.

“We also have such an age range, from babies to the elderly, it melts my heart.

“That’s why we’re doing it, to get people involved and make them aware of it.”

Honor credits the event’s success to her volunteer teammates Amanda Lucas, David Flack and Keith Holman. The March of the Mermaids moves to Brighton seafront

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