New York's mayor turns pirate

Last updated 14:17 22/06/2014
LAND LUBBER: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes part in the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island.

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

De Blasio showed up for the zany Coney Island Mermaid Parade on Saturday (local time) wearing a puffy pirate shirt and brandishing a fake sword. Organisers 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 revellers to the beach each year. Many wear revealing, mermaid-themed costumes.

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