Photos by G.
Yesterday, June 18, 2011, I went to Coney Island’s Mermaid Day Parade. The theme is sea creatures and celebrates the beginning of Summer so people of all shapes and sizes dress however they want. I go every year as it’s a one day festival where people are so free. You see quite an eye full at the Mermaid Day Parade. But by comparison to the Folsom Street East festival which was held a mere 24 hours later, the Mermaid Day Parade looked like Disneyland and my boundaries about what it means to be free have been pushed out a lot further. It was really incredible. Primarily a celebration of the gay leather/fetish/kink community, the festival brought out the good, the bad, the thin, the fat and the drop dead gorgeous. Some people were dressed up in costumes, some were not, but one thing was abundantly clear – nobody was passing judgment on another’s sexual desires! The event was really such an inspiration. I hope more people can get their acts together to stop spreading hate and start spreading the love. You can get involved at Open Love New York’s official website. The photos that follow are a random sample of some of the things I saw today. Again, it pushed my threshold of what I thought was being free to new levels and if these pictures offend you in any way, don’t you think it’s time you asked yourself why, when there are so many problems in the world, this kind of thing bothers you? Some of the pix you’re about to see have partial nudity, so if you have a closed mind that you can’t pry open even for a few moments, don’t read on. Also, stay tuned for a special “Folsom Street East” Hotties post coming soon! Special thanks to all those that posed for me!
I really enjoyed rule #4: “Even with consent, no demo or “scene” involving blood or other fluids will be permitted.”
Open up and see more (NSFCMP – Not Safe For Closed Minded People) pix after the jump.