For the uninitiated, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade is an annual art parade, celebrating “ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside”. Its self-declared purpose is to: bring mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune; create self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”; and let artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.
Not that New Yorkers need any help with the latter. It’s a bunch of artists, freaks and geeks dressed up as mermaids, octopi and other sea-related creatures, with lots of bare boobs, body paint and glitter thrown into the mix. In short, it’s an explosion of color and energy, and is a lot of fun.
This year I braved the rain to document some of the more interesting creatures in attendance. I staked out mostly at Surf and Stillwell Aves. (near Nathan’s and the exit of the Subway) where the God Squad was also out in full force, bellowing at everyone how they’re going to hell, but not missing a chance to glance at a stray tit or two.
I <3 NY.
PS Thanks to all the lovely mer-models.