This was a special weekend. It was the weekend of the Mermaid Parade! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Coney Island antics, the Mermaid Parade is a very special day where everyone dresses up like their favorite undersea character, goes down to Coney Island, and parties all day long.
According to Coney Island USA, the organization that started it all, “The MERMAID PARADE specifically was founded in 1983 with 3 goals: it brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune ; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.”
It is such a wonderful day. People from all over come down to Coney, and with the exception of the evangelicals with a bullhorn calling us sinners, everyone gets along. Roughly 900,000 people go to the Parade every year, making it the largest artistic parade in the country. (This year there were so many people down there our cell phones couldn’t work. It was annoying) The costumes are outrageous, the floats are over the top, and when its all said and done, the bars are packed with people looking to have a good time.
This year I was giving tours all day, so I was late, but Alex was one of the first people waiting on Surf Ave, ready for the festivities. Because its such a visual day, I thought what could be a better way to show the world the Mermaid Parade than through pictures. So here are a couple of my favorites that we took that day. We hope to see you all next year!