Photos by G.
To celebrate the coming of summer, New Yorkers gathered in Coney Island for the annual Mermaid Day Parade. I’ve lived in New York for four years and this is a must-attend event for me every year (except for last year when it rained). The Mermaid Day Parade pays tribute to Coney Island’s Mardi Gras which ran from 1903 to 1954 and it’s quite a site to behold. People of all ages, races and weight categories dress as their favorite sea creatures and for a few hours each year, everyone is beautiful. The obvious theme of this year’s parade was a protest against the BP oil spill that recently happened. The parades grand marshalls were singers Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed (of The Velvet Underground) and coming soon, I have proof that Lou Reed (aka Old Man Grumpus) does, in fact, smile! You won’t want to miss that photo, so stay tuned.
I typically stand on the boardwalk and watch the parade go by, but this year I decided to mix it up and stand on 21st and Surf. Wow! Talk about being disorganized! About every 5 minutes, the police came by to tell us not to stand in the street and to get on the sidewalk. From the sidewalk you wouldn’t be able to see anything, so it was really amusing watching hundreds of people in unison disobeying the law (a sign of things to come worldwide, methinks)! Many times, the police came by to tell us to move (for our safety) and escorted us into on-coming traffic! Our tax dollars pay for this kind of incompetence! But enough about that, here’s some more pictures of the Mermaid Day Parade 2010. Some images might not be safe for closed minded people, so be warned before you read on…
More pictures are coming soon. Stay tuned to your favorite website, According2g.com.