Sunday, June 22, 2008

Mermaid Parade

I ventured out to Coney Island yesterday to observe (not participate in) the Mermaid Parade. As the parade's website explains,

"Founded in 1983... the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island's forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island."

My personal observation is that the event was super crowded but definitely worth the trip. Quite eye opening, the costumes were wonderful and there were lots of boobs (both the body part and the type of person). It reminded me a bit of a warm Mummers Parade.

100% body paint...Oh My!

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.















Spectators dressed up too


















A giant mermaid...with a very nice dad:-)







Jellyfish...definitely the most artistic costumes I saw while I was there





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Mummer's string band?? Sure looked like it!











Flamboyant Chiquita Banana People





There were even some protesters...this group opposed development in Coney Island

More pictures tomorrow...

3 Comments:

Blogger C-Dog said...

Wow! What is "Mummers"?

8:38 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

The Mummers Day parade is held on Jan 1 in Philadelphia every year. I think the origin was German and Roman before that. Groups take it very seriously, getting ready all year long. There are string bands, silly costumes, elaborate costumes. It's quite something!

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ET - Faith was at the parade too. Looks like fun! J.

2:46 PM  

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