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Miraculously . . . rain stopped not long after the parade began.  A “traditional” pirate contingent marched with their  usual antique weapons, but stunning was

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another group calling itself “somali coast guard.”  Now that was truly a first.  And they didn’t say  . . . “arrr.”  Instead it sounded sort of like “fuloose.”

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Also in the pirate thread was this canoe float

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referring to a set of crumbling houses in Brooklyn Navy Yard.   Here be the site for the group.  Here’s the wiki set of links and basic explanation about these mansions.  Times is running out for them.

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These three figures on the prow of a Toyota leave me speechless.  Painting by Andy Golub.

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This  vessel in the parade represented Brooklyn Brewery, so I guess it could be considered

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a tanker . . .  a plastic tankard maybe.

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Sails traveled by without hulls, this one bearing terms of unendearment and loathing for Thor, the developer on Coney Island and other places.

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Religious folks marched, both high profile like Rev. Billy and

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anonymous sisters of mercy, as they called themselves.

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I’m speechless . . .  mmmm

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mmmmmm

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mmmm mmmmm

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Greenish mariners in some foreign uniforms tagged along with merfolk, but

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merfolk sporting blooms from octopus’s gardens dominated in numbers.

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Winding up this post is tough, but this might  do it:  this fisherman offshore far too long finds himself in charming company.  How does he do that?

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No . .  this will end it:  the Polar Bears represent the diametric opposite of the summer solstice.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

The annual visitation of merfolk and their friends happened on cue this afternoon.  This intrepid witness scouted out the approach path (marked in orange here)  in spite of the incessant rain.  Summer begins tomorrow;  rainy season has drenched us and promoted mushroom harvest several weeks already.  An unidentified tug sallied forth to summon the assembled visitors.

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Staff stood by to process the waterfolk, insisting that all bear  TWICs;  tweets were ubiquitous too.  The actual coming-ashore was deemed too confidential to film.

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Dick Zigun, parade founder and mayor of Coney Island,  led the way.

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Some visitors from the deep received special accommodations, as did this variety of  . . . Hudson canyon sturgeon post-makeover for the visitation?

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Others moved with grace.  Some merfolk had diaphanous fins, a variety of flying fish, I’d wager.

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These might be a variety of butterflyfish with camouflage eyes to confound potential predators.

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These impersonated  Maine lobstermen as only mummers can.

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The merfolk demonstrated good-will toward us terrans, passing along all manner of freebies;  take my word . . . this mermaid’s hug came with exotic perfume of anemones.

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This merfolk defies categorization but captivates me nonetheless.

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Mer-politicians or possibly their agents also proposed their own remedies for economic recovery, and hearing about the woes of GM and Chrysler,

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some mer-manufacturers seemed to hurry out their prototypes, sensing an opportunity to gain market share.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  More tomorrow.

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