NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is Pirate in Zany Mermaid Parade

Image: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is Pirate in Zany Mermaid Parade New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, march in the 32nd annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, Brooklyn, June 21, 2014. (Landov)

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio portrayed himself as a man of the people in last year's election. On Saturday, he became a pirate among mermaids.

De Blasio showed up for Saturday's zany Coney Island Mermaid Parade wearing a puffy pirate shirt and brandishing a fake sword. Organizers say he's the first mayor to come in costume.

De Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, and their daughter, Chiara de Blasio, chose blue and gold mermaid dresses.

De Blasio's son, Dante, was bare-chested and painted blue.

Dante and Chiara were chosen King Neptune and Queen Mermaid of the parade.

The teens were wheeled in a 1923 wicker rolling chair along the parade route.

The event draws hundreds of thousands of revelers to the beach each year. Many wear revealing, mermaid-themed costumes.

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