Sunday, July 03, 2005

Coney Island Mermaid Parade


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Originally uploaded by jcn.
If you enjoy looking at wild and crazy people in various costumes and body paint, check out the Flickr.com tag "MermaidParade". It was one of the most popular "tags" on the free photo sharing site last week.

2005 Mermaid Parade
June 25th, 2005
Coney Island, NY


Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, the not-for-profit arts organization that also produces the Coney island Circus Sideshow, 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.

The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression. The Parade is characterized by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, Coney Island post card or amusement ride, as well as antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and the odd yacht pulled on flatbed.

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