The Dark Side of the Mermaid Parade

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:

Untitled, by Stan Raffes and “#132 on Surf Ave,” by Pat Merino:
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“Vampire Pirate,” by Scott Lynch:
Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2012: Vampire Pirate

“Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2012,” by Scott Lynch and Untitled, by Taras Hnatyshyn:
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“Shark,” by Scott Lynch:
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“Slither,” by Travis Keyes and Untitled by Rob Feiner:
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Untitled, by Taras Hnatyshyn:
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“Sea Zombie,” by Travis Keyes and Untitled, by Oscar Rivera:
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Men of the Mermaid Parade

It’s not coincidental that the men of the Mermaid Parade get overlooked every year. There are no pole-dancing dudes (correction: according to Paul in the comments, information pills there were!), viagra 100mg no scandalous body-painted Greek god specimens for photographers to swarm and obsess over. Sure, some guys proudly wear pasties or cross-dress to much success. They bust out the big guns and tote barbells, haul post-apocalyptic space trash down the parade route, and scare the living daylights out of kids on the boardwalk. But they just don’t get the same treatment as their scantily-clad counterparts, and that has got to change.

Every year I am so impressed by the creativity of the mer-men. This year, let’s hear it for the boys!

Untitled, by Oscar Rivera:

Untitled portraits, by Silvia Saponaro:

“Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2012,” by Vivienne Gucwa:
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“Mermaid Parade,” by Mika Sato and Untitled by Rob Feiner:
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Untitled, by Mike Ratliff:

Untitled Portraits, by Oscar Rivera:

“Smoking Crab,” by Travis Keyes:
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“Mermaid Parade 2012,” by Paul Ker:
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“Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2012,” by Scott Lynch:
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Mermaid Parade portraits, by Joe Alfano:
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Mermaid Parade Fun

Yesterday, click the mer-people really brought it at Coney Island for the 30th anniversary parade festivities. After some super hot weather and thunderstorms late this week, the skies parted and were glorious yesterday on the waterfront. I definitely could’ve used a bit more sunscreen and have a pink nose and pink shoulders to pay for it this week!

Lots of photographs are still rolling in from the event and thanks to all the photographers who came out for the backstage meet-up — it was great to see you. The parade crowd seemed a bit more low-key than usual this year, but there were loads of super-creative costumes to make up for it. Enjoy this first round of photos below and if you have some great shots to contribute, be sure to link to your gallery in the comments below, add them to our Flickr group, or send us a link over on the Facebook page! Stay tuned this week for lots, lots more!

“Pussycats,” by Scott Lynch:
Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2012: Pussycats

Untitled, by Oscar Rivera:

“Hacked in Two,” by Scott Lynch:
Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2012: Hacked in two

“Mermaid Parade,” by Barry Yanowitz:
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“Greenthing,” by Diane Greene Lent:

Flamingoes in love, by Scott Lynch:
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Mermaid Parade Backstage Meet-Up!

It’s that time again! If you’ve never made it out to Coney Island for the annual Mermaid Parade – you’re missing out! This year, erectile the parade celebrates a huge milestone — its 30th anniversary!

In years past, we’ve tried to host meet-ups for the parade route itself, and it always ends up getting pretty hairy with the hordes of crowds that show up for this wonderfully crazy and surreal event. Last year, I think we finally figured out the winning formula — we meet at the parade line-up staging area. It was a blast to hang around with all the mermaids (and legions of photographers) as they’re getting ready. So, if anyone is interested again this year, a group will be heading down a few hours before the 2pm parade.

The staging area is located around W 21st Street with antique cars and motorized floats stretching towards W 19th. In years past, the parade organizers have charged $5-per-camera as a nominal entry fee to mingle with the mermaids. Can’t wait to see you there — what will you be shooting??

Date: Saturday, June 23rd
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: W 21st Street parade staging area
Via MTA: N / Q / F / D to Coney Island – Stillwell Ave

Check out a few great shots from the parade last year below!

“Gimme Shellter” by Andrea Schwalm:
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“King Tut Gold” and “Starfish Man” by Leanne Staples:
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Untitled by Adam Lerner:

Untitled portraits by Lucy Aboytes:

“Mermaid Parade – Brother,” by Vitaliy Piltser:
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