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June 30, 2010

The Mermaid Parade *NSFW* – Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY; June 19, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — wally426 @ 2:25 pm

For those who haven’t been, Coney Island is a magical place – a place that has seen its fair share of ups and downs since its rise to fame in the late 1800’s. In Coney’s heyday, it was a mecca of amusement that attracted millions of people every summer. Thomas Edison showcased the lightbulb when Luna Park was built at the turn of the century. It was a wild playground where people could ride mechanical horses, walk amongst camels and elephants, and eat green cheese on a trip to the moon. As time went on, the magic began to fade as the city’s economy soured. The 70’s and 80’s hit the city hard as two drug epidemics (heroin in the 70’s, crack in the 80’s) turned the streets into war zones. That was the Coney Island I grew up with, a seedy place that still seemed magical as a child. I remember vividly those summer nights where, after leaving the last bar, my father would take me out to the Island’s expansive beach. The lights from the projects would cast a yellow glow over everything and the black shadows of an abandoned roller coaster would loom in the foreground. It was a creepy playground, but one that I look back on with fond memories. Even though things have gotten better over the years, signs of a troubled past still present themselves…  

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Greetin’s

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Killing time before the parade

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Remembering

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Preying

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Halv’d

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The parade always begins with a procession of old cars, some filled with interesting creatures…

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Skull Queens

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Vett’d

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Whitewall’d

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Geek’d

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This guy got out of his Lamborghini and started dancing around with the trophy. The parade is really an interesting mix of the old school Brooklyn guidos and the hipsters who have moved throughout the borough. Everyone seems to come together in a mix of grease, gold chains, beards and cowboy boots. It’s a wonderful testament to how dynamics are constantly shifting in the city. Despite that, people still can get together and have a good time.

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Tibluerón

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Top Kill’d

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Twisted

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Fun Key

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Let It Go…

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Blurracas

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Poser

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Blumin

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Langostino

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Triple Seek

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Reverend Billy and his Stop Shopping Chior

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Chickz Ahoy

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Slitty McSlitster

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This kid was crab walking under one of the floats

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Seaworm

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Blackfish

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Fresh Catch

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Blowing it

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Conservative

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Diva

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Debbie Debutant

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She’s on Fire

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Baby Phat

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He Lives

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You Blew It

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The Real

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Snow What!?

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Rollin’ Kati

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Shiva

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Shakra

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Bayoo

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This ‘ornament’ was on top of someone’s hat

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Darth Kitty

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The only straight at the parade

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Irish Eyes

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Fun Pass

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Chiquíta

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God Bless America

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Pride

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Krusty

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Purple Nurple

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Note the attention to detail – A tartar sauce necklace and lemon earrings…

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 Scarfish

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Bonehead

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Does she take Credit Cards?

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People Eater

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GreenGo

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Seafro

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SheSellsSeaShells

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Could have used some of her Mershade

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Bangalore

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Geisho

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Dreadbeard

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This gal was from New York Pin-Up Models

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4 Comments »

  1. Mermaid parade = the ultimate freakshow…fitting that you were there Billy 🙂
    Very nice shots actually, you captured the essence of bizarre!

    Comment by Mitch — July 1, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

  2. Great shots! Makes me wanna be there…

    Comment by some Cuban girl from Miami — August 9, 2010 @ 4:21 am

  3. as amazing as the photos are..
    the first one of the poor poor cat is so disturbing that it made me lose the feeling as i went onward.
    nevertheless-
    magnificent photography.

    Comment by andrea meyers — January 30, 2011 @ 2:29 am

  4. ps: seeing the story as it is…i can see the “why” for the first picture however.
    i am not saying bad words about this wonderful work..
    despite many amazing people in this world..i can never shed the sad and angry feelings i have about how truly apathetic and cold human beings can “be”.

    Comment by andrea meyers — January 30, 2011 @ 2:39 am


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