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:
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“Hacked in Two,” by Scott Lynch:
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“Mermaid Parade,” by Barry Yanowitz:
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“Greenthing,” by Diane Greene Lent:
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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:
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Untitled portraits by Lucy Aboytes:
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“Mermaid Parade – Brother,” by Vitaliy Piltser:
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best of: mermaid parade, part 3

I just got back from picking up my Mermaid Parade film at the developer, viagra order so I can hardly wait to get home and get to scanning! In the meantime, I’m excited to share this next batch of shots from Coney Island which features a little theme. This year it seemed like there were more parasols, parapluies, and plain ol’ umbrellas than I remember ever seeing in the parade, and my eye was always drawn to the lovely ladies carrying them. If you haven’t seen the rest of this week’s coverage, click here and here for more posts in this series. Enjoy!

Coney Island Mermaid Parade portraits by Jane Kratochvil:
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“Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2011,” by Anthony Catalano:
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Untitled portrait by Anthony Catalano:
Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2011

Untitled, by Anthony Catalano:
Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2011

Untitled portraits, by triebensee:
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best of: mermaid parade, part 2

And the coverage continues! The photos from this past weekend’s Mermaid Parade at Coney Island continue to pour in today via the For the Love of Brooklyn Flickr group, buy and I can’t wait to share more all week. I’m keeping an eye on galleries as they crop up, this so please be sure to post a link to your gallery in the comments or tweet @loveofbrooklyn if you’d like me to feature your gallery!

Check out some of my favorites below and stay tuned for more as the week continues. If you’re hungry for more, be sure to check out these fantastic sets by Adam Lerner, Jane Kratochvil, Oscar Rivera, and Leanne Staples!

“Coney Island Mermaid Parade” portraits by Jane Kratochvil:

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Untitled, by Sajid Fakir:
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“Dumb Bell” and “Vixen Mermaid,” by Leanne Staples:
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“Mermaid Parade 2011,” by Jimmy O’Kelly:
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Untitled Portraits, by David Figueroa:
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“Mermaid Parade – It Takes All Kinds,” by Vitaliy Piltser:
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