Sea Creatures Invade the Mermaid Parade

22 Jun

IMG_2451

The start of summer is celebrated in all kinds of ways in the city. You could have easily gone to Times Square and done yoga poses for free but for those wanting just a little more excitement there’s no better place to be than Coney Island, Brooklyn celebrating the Mermaid Parade with thousands of sea theme related costumes for all to enjoy. Each year the crowds keep growing larger and people come from all parts of the country to get in on the fun.  One big surprise was when Mayor deBlasio dressed up as a pirate to kick off the parade. His two children, Dante and Chiara, were named King Neptune and Queen Mermaid and they were loving all the  attention. Then the fun really started. The best place to see the parade is by the judges grandstand on Surf Ave and 20th St.  All groups are given a number and rated by easily influenced judges (the better the bribe the better the rating).  There were marching bands and dancing groups to keep the crowd well entertained. Since the Mermaid Parade also pays tribute to Burlesque era, there were plenty of dancers paying homage to the art form. One creative mermaid promised to keep watch over any drowning swimmers as she was she Guardian Mermaid. The first of the many sea creatures was rolled in while it sat on top of a large decorative fish. One group after another tried to impress the judges but by far the dancing group Sole Train made the best impression (bribes ahem). Not too far behind them were the crowd favorites Sexcamaids with their hot and sexy dance moves. Jazzing things up was a local group from the Coney Island Yacht Club with their brass band that could give any New Orleans street band a run for their crawfish. The parade is just the start of the days activities where the winner is announced at the Mermaid Ball later on that afternoon.  This year’s Mermaid Parade was one of the better ones so far and what a way to kick off some summer fun.

IMG_2437 IMG_2448 IMG_2453 IMG_2460 IMG_2472 IMG_2476 IMG_2477 IMG_2479 IMG_2484 IMG_2503 IMG_2511 IMG_2518 IMG_2523 IMG_2527 IMG_2533 IMG_2536 IMG_2542 (2) IMG_2544 IMG_2547 IMG_2551 IMG_2553 IMG_2554 IMG_2556 (2) IMG_2569 (2) IMG_2570 IMG_2574 (2) IMG_2579 IMG_2581 IMG_2583 (2) IMG_2589 IMG_2593 IMG_2597 (2) IMG_2598 IMG_2599 IMG_2602 IMG_2611 IMG_2618 IMG_2621 IMG_2629 IMG_2631 IMG_2633 IMG_2636 IMG_2643 IMG_2644 IMG_2650 IMG_2651 IMG_2655 IMG_2659 IMG_2666 (2) IMG_2681 (2) IMG_2687 IMG_2688 (2) IMG_2565

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: