Slideshow: Mermaids Float Through Downtown San Marcos
Photography By Jill Ament
Miss Mermaid Texas and friends pose on a boat traveling through the Capital of Texas Mermaid Fest and parade in San Marcos. Miss Mermaid Texas competes in a national mermaid contest, where women vie every year to be Miss Mermaid USA.
A woman who is a part of an all women roller derby team in San Marcos shows off her moves during the parade.
Members of the Mermaid Society of Texas wave the parade at the annual Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest. The group puts on the festival, along with the city of San Marcos, every year. Members also raise environmental awareness of the San Marcos River.
Ballet folklorico dancers perform during the annual Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest and parade, which featured several performers and floats celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
Miss Mermaid Texas, right, poses on a boat traveling through the parade.
A woman representing the San Marcos school district transportation volunteers waves at people attending the Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest.
Members of the Goodnight Middle School Marching Band perform during the mermaid parade.
A woman dressed as a mermaid waves during the annual parade. This group of mermaids was representing a retirement community in the San Marcos area.
A member of the Austin Samba dance group performs during the annual parade.
Attendees of the Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest sport their mermaid outfits as they watch the festival's parade in San Marcos.
Miss Gulf Coast Mermaid, second from right, sports her lasso as she rides through downtown San Marcos.
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Mermaids and other seafaring people and creatures descended upon San Marcos to celebrate the annual Mermaid Capital of Texas Festival on Sept. 23.
The festival celebrates the history of the Aquarena Springs Aquamaids, women who dressed as mermaids and performed underwater acts when the Aquarena Springs amusement park operated in San Marcos more than two decades ago.
The festival also celebrates the San Marcos River, which runs through the city, and promotes the conservation of the river.