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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Mermaid Parade 2007

This has become my favorite parade - it's on the boardwalk, at the beach (yet reachable by subway), in NYC, beautiful mermaids, blue everywhere, Astroland with the Cyclone and Wonderwheel as backdrop, manageable in size, imaginative creative costumes and a spirited atmosphere. Add a sunny day with blue skies and what's not to like? Surprising how many have still not heard of the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007. Click here and here for my postings of the 2006 parade. Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, the not-for-profit arts organization that also produces the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island's forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954. The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression. The Parade is characterized by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, Coney Island post card or amusement ride, as well as antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and the odd yacht pulled on flatbed. Each year, a different celebrity King Neptune and Queen Mermaid rule over the proceedings, riding in the Parade and assisting in the opening of the Ocean for the summer swimming season by marching down the Beach from the Boardwalk, cutting through Ribbons representing the seasons, and tossing fruit into the Atlantic to appease the Sea Gods. In the past, David Byrne, Queen Latifah, Ron Kuby, Curtis Sliwa, Moby, and David Johansen have presided over the assembled masses. Click here for their official website. Even though I set aside the day to see the event, I still missed many of the events: floats and autos on Surf Avenue, the costume judging and the Mermaid Parade Ball. Tomorrow I will post a collection of the best photos of the hundreds I took ...

12 comments:

Doug said...

Mermaid parade, now I have seen it all. My next visit to NY maybe this time next year.

talj said...

What a lovely photo, I cant wait for tomorrows post!:o)

Mandy said...

please spare a thought for the people of Sheffield

Pedp said...

Now that is a great portrait.

Marie said...

Wow, I love this blog too (I have been in the "daily photo" ring for a few hours only.

I have read that you like France. Merci beaucoup. I love NYC, and I find your photos great.

Lavenderlady said...

that is some body art! sounds like a fun day.

Brian said...

Thanks all - I was immediately taken by this woman's face and costume and was hopeful that the photo whould turn out to be successful. I gave her a New York Daily Photo card - I hope she gets to see this photo and posting.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Whoops. I see a crop has happened since earlier today. I still like the photo.

Abraham Lincoln
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Anonymous said...

Is there a website that I can lookup to find information about parades/festivals in New York City? Like you said in one of your earlier posts, it is so easy to miss an event!

Sushma

Karlis Beinerts said...

Such a colourful smile! Do you have a photo without make-up by any chance :)

Brian said...

anon - I don't know specifically, but I recommend Time Out NY for complete listings of everything.

karlis - no, and she was quite a popular subject.

Brian

Mme Benaut from Adelaide Daily Photo said...

Such a refreshing change from all of the gay parades!