Monday, June 23, 2014

Mermaid Parade 2014: Part Dos

If you missed yesterday's post about the Coney Island Mermaid Parade (said to be "the largest art parade in the nation"), go back, go back!!! Otherwise, here are more photos.

I watched from a good position at the end of the parade route. The marchers turned the corner and headed for the boardwalk, while the "floats" (the buses and other motorized contraptions) finished a block away. Click any image to appreciate the artfulness.



EVEN THE SPECTATORS WERE ENTERTAINING.
(A LOCAL PERFORMER.)

















BUYING A SOUVENIR T-SHIRT... TOO LATE.




HUBBA BUBBA THE HULA BUBBLE BOY?











BRINGING UP THE REAR.

22 comments:

  1. LOL!
    FUN FUN FUN! You can feel the excitement! What a great time you had, Mitchell! Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Jim:
      I was exhausted when I got there and thought I would stick around for maybe 15 minutes. But I couldn't tear myself away. And to think they do this every year in honor of the Dowager Duchess's birthday!

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  2. I am not sure if I can express what I really mean, but the parade looks very human and not plastic. There are some rather nice sights, for sure.

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    1. Andrew:
      I DO get what you mean. It's supposed to be an "arts" parade with only hand-made costumes. Some were truly inspired and most of the participants looked like they were having a ball. (And, yes, there were certainly some very nice sights).

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  3. Can't recall the last tIme I saw this much creativity gathered together in one place. Looks like a lot of fun.

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    1. Stephen:
      I was surprised by the creativity and spectacle.

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  4. Holy be jolly, what a parade! So much color, so much fun!

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    1. Judy:
      I want to participate! Wonder what I would wear...

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  5. Well, rub my tits with coarse sandpaper! Talk about letting ones hair down! We've got nothing approaching this spectacle over here - but who else has? (Sydney, maybe? But I don't know). Being there among the sounds and smells must have been truly exhilarating.
    I had to enlarge a number of these pics so as to appreciate the 'detail' to the full, and they did not disappoint. I bet there were any number of sore heads the morning after - and maybe some sore elsewheres too.
    I was wondering if there's a different theme each year but the way you've headed this post I guess not.
    Thanks for giving us such a generous glimpse of this remarkable, brilliant event.

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    1. Raybeard:
      I provided the pics large-size for just that reason. Didn't want you to miss any little thing. I'm pretty certain the theme is simply "the sea" — although there were some odd entries (like a very well-done "Transformer," which, since it didn't transform into anything sea-related, I didn't include). Thanks for enjoying this and not getting bored. I started with 258 photos!

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  6. You have inspired me Mitchell. It is now my ambition to attend the Mermaid Parade, then travel cross-country to attend Folsom Street....
    BWAHAHAHA!

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    1. Jacqueline:
      I've never been to the Folsom Street Parade. These sea creatures were so much more innocent!

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  7. Now THAT'S a parade!

    Though some of those costumes, and lack thereof, were a wee bit frightening.

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    1. Bob:
      I found some of the zombie-themed costumes (a popular subject) too unpleasant to include. And I did want to wrap some of the paraders in blankets. But it was a blast.

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  8. Mitchell, I don't know what to write in some way is very funny and interesting but costumes are cool.

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    1. Gosia:
      Sometimes, there are simply no words!

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  9. I love a parade, and this one takes the cake. I especially like the creative concoctions--zombie mermaid...Day of the Dead mermaids... What a spectacle!

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    1. Michelle:
      I'm not a fan of the zombie genre, but I included the ones I really did like.

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  10. Terrific pics! There was one in there that looked like "Captain" sans Tennille. I heard they'd called it quits

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    1. HK:
      "Not Tenille" had a sash that read "Jackie O. Mer... something" I couldn't see the rest. Do you suppose he was supposed to be Ari?

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  11. These sure beat those austere religious parades with the KKK-like hats.

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