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, there were!), 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:
Untitled, by Mike Ratliff:
Untitled Portraits, by Oscar Rivera:
“Smoking Crab,” by Travis Keyes:
“Mermaid Parade 2012,” by Paul Ker:
“Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2012,” by Scott Lynch:
Mermaid Parade portraits, by Joe Alfano: