Shell-shaped pasties and sequined tails...it can only be the Coney Island Mermaid Parade!  

When we enlisted the help of Danish babe Nina Agdal to help us meet the cream of the crop at the 2016 Mermaid Parade, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. From glitter-encrusted human mushrooms to Mad Max-inspired mermen, if you can dream it up, we saw it. So how did we decide to capture the essence of the craziest day of the year in Coney Island? With a little Model on the Street action, of course!

Watch the video above to see Nina offer some costume critiques, learn about the tradition of going (almost) topless at the parade, and find out if mermaids really do exist! 

MUST SEE: SI Swimsuit invades Coney Island

Have you heard about Summer of Swim yet? In partnership with Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, Sports Illustrated is producing the first-ever Summer of Swim Music & Fan Festival on the world famous Coney Island Boardwalk on Sunday, August 28th. The festival will serve as the anchor to a summer full of events, never-before-seen content, and thrilling, live social media experiences for our loyal and dedicated fans!

The evening will culminate with a special concert at the new Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boardwalk, in conjunction with Live Nation. Talent and ticket information for the concert and special VIP packages to the daytime activities will be announced shortly. ​

So who's ready to join us at the SI Swimsuit Fan Festival in Coney Island later this summer? And who's down to help us nominate Nina as the queen of the first-ever Pasties Parade next year?! 

BONUS: See some of Nina's best moments from SI Swimsuit 2016!