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Sunday 21 September 2014

Mayor becomes a pirate on parade

Published 22/06/2014 | 03:42

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New York mayor Bill de Blasio with, from right, daughter Chiara, wife Chirlane McCray and son Dante during the Mermaid Parade (AP)

New York City's mayor has lived up to his man of the people image by becoming a pirate among mermaids at a zany seaside parade.

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Bill de Blasio turned up dressed to repel boarders at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade wearing a puffy pirate shirt and brandishing a fake sword. Organisers said he was the first mayor to come in costume.

The fun was a family affair with Mr de Blasio's wife Chirlane McCray and their daughter Chiara choosing blue and gold mermaid dresses and s on Dante bare-chested and painted blue.

Dante and Chiara were chosen King Neptune and Queen Mermaid of the parade and the teenagers were wheeled in a 1923 wicker rolling chair along the parade route.

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

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