The Norfolk Botanical Garden mermaid greeted us at the Visitor Center.
In 1999, the city of Norfolk adopted the mermaid as its logo. At least 100 have been created by artists and placed throughout the city–even around the world–according to a news article written in 2009 in honor of a “Decade of Mermaids.”
They have an official website, Mermaids on Parade. Apparently, not all mermaids live an easy life. Some have fallen victim to vandals, as this story of Hope reveals on the Folklore tab.
Chicago has Cows on Parade. A non-profit organization in Virginia Beach, A Dolphin’s Promise, is helping find a cure for cancer. They have placed at least 50 dolphin statues around the city, each one a symbol of their commitment.
Do you know of other cities who feature an animal or other icon?