Most stereotypes of the Mermaid Parade are heavy on the gawking and light on clothing. And while it’s no secret that you can expect to see a whole lot of boobage every year at the parade, check I have some serious admiration for those who dare to venture to the dark side. As with the hugely-creative mermen, medicine I must pay my respects to all those who who bring the imaginative, more about the dangerous, the post-apocalyptic, the goth, and the death-defying feats every year to Coney Island.
Some of my most favorite costumes this year fell into this camp, including the group of brave souls who hauled heavy Blade Runner-esque android junk the entire length of the parade. The sharks were hugely memorable, too — what make-up artistry and attitude! Check out some wonderful shots below of the Mermaid Parade’s mysterious underworld.
“Bite,” by Travis Keyes:
“Vampire Pirate,” by Scott Lynch:
“Shark,” by Scott Lynch:
Untitled, by Taras Hnatyshyn: