HCA NEWS Mermaids in the harbor

Saturday, 90 mermaids jumped into the water at Copenhagen harbor to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Little Mermaid.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 26 August 2003

On August 23, 90 women, dressed as mermaids, dived into the water at Copenhagen's harbor to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the statue of the Little Mermaid.

At 2:30 p.m., the mermaids jumped into the water from a canal tour boat and swam to a floating pontoon from which they had the absolute choice seats for observing a water ballet performed by synchronized swimmers.

"Participants retained their bikini tops, because the event was broadcasted by international television stations, and topless mermaids may offend some people," says project leader for Wonderful Copenhagen, Camilla Schmidt.

She adds that the point was not only to celebrate the Little Mermaid's birthday but also to provide the world with footage that would indirectly call attention to Hans Christian Andersen 2005, which will be a great marketing theme for Denmark in the coming years.

In addition to the water ballet, there was song at the statue itself and a demonstration of folk dancing from Denmark, Indonesia, Spain, Russia and the Ukraine, as well as a ballet scene performed by the Danish Royal Ballet.