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Blondie's Debbie Harry reigns over NYC's Mermaid Parade

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/17/2017
Parade participants hug at the end of the route Saturday, June 17, 2017, during the 35th Annual Mermaid Parade in New York's Coney Island. The parade started on West 21st Street and Surf Avenue and ended on the boardwalk. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.) © The Associated Press Parade participants hug at the end of the route Saturday, June 17, 2017, during the 35th Annual Mermaid Parade in New York's Coney Island. The parade started on West 21st Street and Surf Avenue and ended on the boardwalk. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

NEW YORK (AP) — Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of the new wave band Blondie reigned over a waterlogged edition of New York City's zany Mermaid Parade.

The 35th Annual Mermaid Parade passes Stillway Ave., Saturday, June 17, 2017, in New York's Coney Island. Thousands lined the streets in rain to take part in the annual parade. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.) © The Associated Press The 35th Annual Mermaid Parade passes Stillway Ave., Saturday, June 17, 2017, in New York's Coney Island. Thousands lined the streets in rain to take part in the annual parade. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

The rockers known for songs like "Rapture" and "Heart of Glass" were Mermaid Queen and King Neptune at Saturday's parade at Coney Island. Crowds cheered as they were wheeled along the parade route in a wicker chair.

Parade Grand Marshall Deborah Harry cheers with the crowd on Saturday, June 17, 2017, during the 35th Annual Mermaid Parade, in New York's Coney Island. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.) © The Associated Press Parade Grand Marshall Deborah Harry cheers with the crowd on Saturday, June 17, 2017, during the 35th Annual Mermaid Parade, in New York's Coney Island. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

Drenching rain greeted the parade-goers dressed as mermaids, fish and other aquatic creatures. The downpour let up by the end of the festivities.

Members of the NYPD hold back members of the crowd Saturday, June 17, 2017, during the 35th Annual Mermaid Parade, Saturday, June 17, 2016, in New York's Coney Island. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.) © The Associated Press Members of the NYPD hold back members of the crowd Saturday, June 17, 2017, during the 35th Annual Mermaid Parade, Saturday, June 17, 2016, in New York's Coney Island. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

One group in red costumes carried a banner that said "The Handmermaids of Gillead." The reference was to the Hulu series and Margaret Atwood book "The Handmaid's Tale."

The Mermaid Parade was founded in 1983 and draws hundreds of thousands of revelers to the beach each year.

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