2013 Coney Island Mermaid Parade and Ball
Photos, Video and Commentary by Michael C. Anton
We attended the 2013 Coney Island Mermaid Parade and Ball, and it was pretty much like last year’s event. And other years. And that is a Good thing.
This annual extravagnza of sights, sounds and general weirdness seemed at jeopardy at every turn. First, Hurricane Sandy did it’s nasty work to Coney Island, then talk of Ruby’s boardwalk bar not reopening, and then lack of funding for the parade. It seemed like the Mermaid Parade was destined to be a piece of history. Then, miraculously the Parade was on again, with record crowds expected.
I didn’t know what to expect. Missing landmarks ?, giant crowds ? But no, it was the same as ever. Wonderful. A Miracle ! The Mermaid Ball later in the evening however was not held at the Aquarium as usual. I assume the Aquarium wasn’t fully up and running yet. Instead party busses were dispatched to take party goers to The Queen of Hearts for a harbor cruise of music and Burlesque.
Want to see more ? Check out NowJournal.Com’s Mermaid Parade and Ball video, which is intended for mature audiences, or, actually, immature audiences.