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Mermaid Parade 2019b

Mermaids are truly political, as you will see in the next few photos.  The partially obscured sign between the two large puppets says:  Manhattan, Next Atlantis.  Frightening!  Their intent to invade and annex coastal cities is nothing short of a land grab.  Would they reef buildings like those in the background? Even advancing coral appeared […]

Mermaid Parade 2019a

On the first full day of summer, a trumpet-toting parrot and a tuba-entwined starfish meet on Surf Avenue and 21st.  That can only mean one thing:  mermaids!!  You’d guess that maybe even if the title had been summer solstice at Coney Island. The unlikely pair–a psittacine gigantus and a forcipulatida musicus– talk and then set […]

Mermaid Parade 2017 c

The parade lasted at my location from 1300 until 1530 . . . so many more photos–a few hundred–stay in the archives.  This last installment can be called vehicles and politics, although political caricature might be more accurate. A few days before the parade, my friend Orlando Mendez caught these three vessels headed eastbound, just […]

Mermaid Parade 2017 b

Yesterday’s post was the lead-up.  The parade never starts until the man with the Coney drum steps out. This year mermaid queen was Debbie Harry. After that, it was lots of dancing and music. . . .  click here to listen to Fogo Azul’s Brazilian sound.  See more Fogo AzulNYC here. I love the beer can […]

Mermaid Parade 2017 a

Here’s the most explicit explanation ever on this blog about Coney Island–part of Brooklyn–and the parade that’s happened there each summer solstice since   . . . time immemorial almost.  Today’s Daily News used adjectives like dreary, gloomy, and unruly to describe the day . . . .  Unruly? . . . we’ve been an […]

Mermaid Parade 2013 b

It can only be midsummer for a few long days.  Store up on the color, frivolity, music, and laughter the mermaids bring ashore for the rest of the year.  When they come through the intersection and turn down Surf Avenue, everyone stops to watch them pass.   And then, the hoop stops spinning and drops. […]

Mermaid Parade 2013

Sinuous lines of body paint . . . can mean only one thing:  the Coney Island mermaid parade.  Click here for a Daily News profile of parades going back to the 1940s. Dick Zigun, mayor of Coney Island,  starts out the beat, as he always does, but then recognition went to those folks who contributed […]

Mermaid Parade 2011c

With apologies to Johna, here are the pastries, a merman, a merbike, but no meryak!!  Guess that one will challenge us til next year. Horns aplenty  (more than in Pamplona Seattle)  feted the solstice, as did hooks on lures, harlequins of many genres, spiral horned, orchestrated horns, harlequins with parasols, and here . . . […]

Mermaid Parade 2011b

aka  . .  pastries pasties and paint, starting with the self-described  “naked cowgirl.” Why gild the lily? I’ll just put up fotos but further remain mute. See you at south Brooklyn aka Isle of Coney next year. Happy summertime. All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Mermaid Parade 2011a

Coney Island–the reef–has existed within the sixth boro since time immemorial, this gathering has occurred since 1983, and tugster has blogged it since 2007, drawn by the natural beauty of creatures–like this one— with their altruistic sensibilities, their bio-diversity, their breathing behavior in dry–if muggy- air, and … more. But I couldn’t help noticing yesterday […]