Once upon a time, back in June on Coney Island, we were privy to the (in)famous Mermaid Parade down on Surf Avenue. This totally unique event "pays homage to Coney Island's forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954" and is an eclectic melange of the beachy mermaid theme, its Mardi Gras origins, a seemingly unlimited amount of creativity, and a totally satisfying dose of kitsch.
There were merfolk galore, from merbabes to mermammas and merpappas to merpeople of wizened age. Many of them were quite glamorous.
Witness the original Nathan's Famous in the background. However, that was such a delectable treat and key part of our Coney Island adventure that I'm saving the photos of that for another post.
This pair looked lovely in vintage swimwear. Kudos to anyone who could walk the parade route in those heels.
These merpersons were all on rollerskates with serving trays of what I presume is surf'n'turf.
"One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it--it was the black kitten's fault entirely." (L. Carroll, Through the Looking Glass)
I'm Yankee-Born and Southern-Raised, which makes me kind of Southern Gothic (in the old literary sense of the word). After 15 years in the Big Apple, I spent 4 years on a farm in Michigan raising chickens and llamas and learning to spin, knit, and needle-felt. Now I'm back home in NYC with my much-beloved spouse and one crazy tortiseshell cat. You can also find me on Ravelry.com as okitten.