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Annual Solstice Mermaid Migration 2016b

Most paraders don outlandish costumes, like this one . . . how could there be a chicken-of-the-sea named Lady Gaga. And these next two photos MIGHT puzzle you . . . since the woman in black shorts and boots seems to command a lot of attention even though she is not particularly be-costumed. Lots of attention and […]

Annual Solstice Mermaid Migration 2016a

Soon after this shot, the queen of hearts and troupe danced for the judges with this on a loud sound box.  That makes for a good day, even though I can’t remember Alice, a rabbit, or the dormouse.  But that’s one of the things I love about the parade . . . good music and […]

Solstice Mermaid Migration 2015

Deer do it.  So do . . . whales, dragonflies, eels, and more .  But the annual mermaid migration, I find,  is as magical to me as it is to the young girl watching for the first time, taking photos, and one of the princesses of the sea came over and blew some sparkles all […]

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 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

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 […]

Solstice Post 2

The other side of the boro . . . the strand on Coney Island, sees a visitation of finnyfolk, who briefly leave the water for this sun festival.  Enjoy this field guide to western North Atlantic merpeople.  These came  in a replica of Nefertiti’s royal barge. These seemed influenced by both 1960s popular music and […]

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 . . . […]

Two Hours on the KVK 3: Winter Solstice

I chased the moon this morning, and lost.  By the time I got away from my high-horizoned, building-intensive lair, the solstice moon only recently eclipsed, had slipped beneath the New Jersey highlands, but in spite of the cold . . . . I was not disappointed. First I caught the sixth-boro newby Crystal Cutler pushing […]

Solstice ’10

June 19 . . . from the boardwalk after the parade, and (maybe celebrating solstice inland) nary a mermaid or seamaster in sight.  An unidentified sloop plots a course between two outbound c-vessels.  See frogma’s solstice on the boardwalk pix here. June 18 . . . a McAllister boat heads past the World Financial Center […]