The Little Mermaid was the centre of attention as Copenhagen, Denmark was hosting a whole day of festivities at the harbor in Copenhagen to celebrate the statue’s 100th birthday. Among many things the birthday party featured the birthday song ‘Congratulations’ performed by Tivoli Garden’s boys guard – dressed in traditional uniform: red coats and huge bearskin hats. And true to tradition, 100 real-life ‘mermaids’ jumped in the water and swam around the statue to form the number 100. The statue was originally unveiled in 1913, and was inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale by the same name. The same fairy tale also inspired the Walt Disney animated movie. Andersen, who lived from 1805 to 1875, also spent most of his life in Copenhagen, close by the spot where the mermaid statue sits today.


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Taken 2013-08-23
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Photographer Thomas Høyrup Christensen
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