The WCS New York Aquarium will celebrate World Oceans Day (Saturday, June 8th) with a “March for the Ocean” on the Coney Island Boardwalk to bring attention to the threat of plastic waste to the world’s marine environments. Participants will join in the fun by decorating wagons, designing “trashion” costumes, and creating signs.

The parade will start at Steeplechase Plaza and march down the boardwalk to the Aquarium’s Oceanside Grill, where attendees will hear from community and environmental leaders who are working to make New York City and its local waters a healthier place to live and play. Judges will hand out awards for the Best Wagon/Bike, Best “Trashion” Costume, and Best Sign.

The March for the Ocean is part of Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s “Party for the Planet” annual celebration and also marks the end of World Oceans Week.


What: The New York Aquarium’s “March for the Ocean.” Parade will begin at Steeplechase Plaza and conclude at the Aquarium’s Oceanside Grill.



·        Jon Forrest Dohlin, Wildlife Conservation Society Vice President and Director of the WCS New York Aquarium.

·        New York State Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus

·        Rob Vernon, Senior VP of Communications and Marketing, Association of Zoos and Aquariums

·        Brian Langloss, Campaign Organizer, Oceana

·        Pamela Pettyjohn, President, Coney Island Beautification Project

When: Saturday, June 8th, 2019, 10 a.m.--12 p.m.

Check in for media at Steeplechase Plaza at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Coney Island Boardwalk

The “March for the Ocean” parade will start at Steeplechase Plaza and conclude at The New York Aquarium’s Oceanside Grill.  

**Media note(s):

Members of the media who wish to cover the event are asked to contact John Delaney at 718-265-7908; 347-675-2294 (cell); or