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'Mermaids' flood Brighton and Hove seafront

The march Image copyright Quentin Bassman Sanders
Image caption Men, women and children took part in the event which drew crowds along the seafront

Hundreds of "sea creatures" flooded Brighton and Hove seafront for the annual March of the Mermaids.

Men, women and children donned mermaid tails, sequins and wigs for the event which is now in its third year.

Organisers aimed to celebrate the sea, while raising awareness of sea life and marine conservation issues.

Saturday's march was held in collaboration with WhaleFest and organisers said all profits would be donated to the World Cetacean Alliance.

Image copyright Dan Therman
Image caption The parade aimed to draw attention to issues affecting sea life
Image copyright Colin Mongardi
Image caption A number of "mermaids" could be seen on the pavements and beaches
Image copyright Dan Therman
Image caption People in fancy dress walked, danced, sang and beat drums as they moved along the route
Image copyright Dan Therman
Image caption The event started at Hove Lawns
Image copyright Colin Mongardi
Image caption Organisers kept their fins crossed for good weather and it paid off
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Image caption Some of the mermaids needed a little help to get around
Image copyright Helen Wiggins
Image caption The participants flooded the beach in a variety of colourful outfits
Image copyright Sharon Moran
Image caption Organisers had been hoping about 700 people would take part
Image copyright Colin Mongardi
Image caption Mermaids from far and wide made the pilgrimage for the parade

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