Despite waking up on Saturday morning with a massive hangover, I decided it was pretty important that I trek out to Coney Island for the Mermaid Parade; although I’ve been before and seen my fair share of mermaids, this year seemed especially critical since the event almost didn’t happen for Sandy-related reasons. So I got dressed, tried to pretend I wasn’t super nauseous, and hopped on the train to start my journey. Before I even GOT to Coney Island I saw a handful of people dressed as lobsters, crabs and merpeople, so by the time I arrived at the Aquarium stop, I was pretty desensitized to skin ‘n scales. I also decided that since I’d gotten such a solid preview to all the parade action I could afford to take my time, grab a Nathan’s hot dog and hang out on the beach for a little while. This ended up being both awesome and terrible; here are my pre-sunburn legs:
Aaaaaaaaand post-sunburn legs:
But whatever, because despite the skin damage, it was a REALLY beautiful day outside, filled with equally beautiful people! Take this man, for instance, who twerked his face off to the Macarena, which happened to be blasting on repeat near where I set up shop at the end of the parade route. (Mildly reminiscent of Tom Hanks in Castaway, no?!):
Before he busted those stellar moves, though, I caught a glimpse of the parade King Neptune (Judah Friedlander) and Queen Mermaid (Carol Radziwill), who were instinctively averting my gaze, and who were also riding on a wicker bench-like contraption that looked like it could have been for sale at a World Market:
I don’t know how much more swiftly the parade route was moving before this tail end bit, but from where I was standing, the lag time was IMMENSE. I eventually decided to abandon ship (OCEAN PUNS LOL) and scope out the rest of the Coney Island scene; apart from all the parade action, there was plenty of noteworthy fashion happening in the crowd. For example, here is a live parrot I came uncomfortably close to whilst stuck in foot traffic:
And here is a man who is sporting a beautiful golden coin bra with his tiara! I mega-approved:
Although it was definitely a zoo (and a claustrophobic’s nightmare), everyone appeared to be having a great time on a nice day, and I’m really glad I made the trip again this year. And until next year, I hope you all are #BLESSED with residual mermaid magic.