Brooklyn Moment #2: Mermaid Parade

We disembarked for our own Poseidon Adventure…

Brooklyn’s answer to Mardi Gras melds the lore of the sea with campy good humor and sideshow freakishness. The annual Coney Island USA Mermaid Parade is yet another thing I love about this borough. I went with my seven year-old friend and fellow Piscean Aria, for her first-ever walk in a parade.

As we queued up for the promenade down Surf Avenue, this lovely woman gifted Aria with a beautiful Murex shell.

Inspired by the Superheroes exhibit she helped create at The Met, this woman imagined Wonder Woman in mermaid form.

A little seaside zanyness…

Heels on wheels.

Jason and his Neptunaut.

My favorite of the day, besides the sweet-faced Aria, was the gloriously airbrushed couple who strode elegantly through the admiring crowds.


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