The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and myths of Coney Island. In hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes and various sea creatures, everyone promenades, sashays and struts riotously down Surf Avenue . It’s part-fantasy, part-escapism, but all real. The festival is a celebration of the imagination, combining all the oddities and all the joys of artistic self-expression.
I have shot this festival on and off for 20 years and it is always fabulous !