Blondie is back, especially within the rock realm of theirs that is New York City. The band’s iconic singer, Debbie Harry, and guitarist Chris Stein, have been honored as the Queen and King for this year’s Coney Island Mermaid Parade. The annual event is one of the city’s longtime traditions of marking the start of summer each June, having taken place at the famous beachfront neighborhood since 1983. Think of it as a more nautical, fantasized version of Mardi Gras.
The band became synonymous with New York back in the late 1970s and early 80s, when a mix of their punk attitude, pop melodies and new wave style helped take the group out of the Lower East Side club circuit into becoming one of the biggest bands in commercial music. They even returned to their New York City roots in their latest music video for “Long Time.”
The announcement on Wednesday adds to what should be a pretty exciting year for the classic rock band, who will be releasing their eleventh studio album, Pollinator, on Friday.
The 35th running of the Mermaid Parade will take place on June 17. Their upcoming North American summer tour alongside Garbage will kick off just under a month later on July 5. Tickets for select dates on their upcoming summer tour can be bought by clicking here.