December 9, 2013

It’s mid-December. The weather outside today is dreary, cold and it looks like New York was saved from a major winter storm that crept across the USA heading to the East coast. Miraculously it by-passed us. I get nostalgic about summer when the cold weather sets in, remembering the green, flowering gardens, children running and playing in the parks. I think about all the fun things we did in the sweltering heat; picnics, sitting under a shade tree in the park eating ice cream watching people walk by, and this summer we traveled out to Coney Island where we viewed the Mermaid Parade on a beastly hot day in July.

The trip on the subway took a little over an hour. It would have taken us longer if we’d gone by car because we’d have to find parking once we got there. Taking the D Train was a perfect solution. We weren’t the only ones on the train. Everyone in this photograph had just exited the train station and was headed for the boardwalk.

The streets were filled with couples dressed for the occasion.

When some folks walk along the sidewalk they had their own personalized swagger and wiggle.

A couple ladies reinterpreted the concept of high stepp’in!!

Hats, not just costumes, were part of the parade, too.

Who needs velvet and jewels when there’s bubble wrap and Styrofoam balls to design with.

Here is a sea urchin beauty.

Bedazzled in green and a garden of earthly delight flowers.

Put on your blue dancing shoes and join the parade.

Bring your baby to the Mermaid Parade Day.

Pretty painted lady.

The guys got into the spirit, too. Not sure what the theme is here, but he flaunted, pranced and strutted with the best.

Elvis as a devil showed up. The woman standing next to me went crazy when she saw this guy coming towards us. They kissed and hugged as if they were old friends. Perhaps they were.

There were several Neptunes. But this guy was my favorite. What do you think?

And no Mermaid Parade is complete unless there’s a pirate lurking somewhere along the parade rout.

Miss New York showed up, too.

A lot of thought and work went into many of the costumes and this beautiful unicorn pranced the entire length of the parade in those high heels.

She was delighting the crowd in red and black, heavy marching boots and a garter securing a flask.

Here is one of Neptune’s beauties.

The place was filled with smiling faces, magical hairdos, sea shells and don’t forget the Coney Island rides on the boardwalk.

Everyone was laughing, clapping and having a great time. I’m certainly coming back next year.


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  1. vallery feldman on December 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    These are wonderful What a fun idea. I don’t know how the women balance on those high stilts. Love the photos-thanks for cheering us in the cold of Dec. It is freezing out here in Berkeley-literally.

  2. Susan Bernhardt on December 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Great photos! Looks like fun.

    Curl up with a killer –
    Cozy Mysteries by Susan Bernhardt

  3. steven Mendel on December 9, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Great photos! It brings back that day. I can smell the salt air see the colorful outfits and taste the fried food.

  4. steven Mendel on December 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    great photos!

  5. thelma straw on December 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Amazing photos your excellent camera takes of both color and texture…. this looks like a different city from the one I live in… Thelma

  6. thelma straw on December 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Marvelous colors and texture your camera gets. A very different city from where my building sits. Thelma Straw

  7. Eric Parker on December 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Yes, Next year for sure
    Great shots Marge

  8. Chloe C on December 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Fun to see while the cold wind whips outside!

  9. Jeri on December 10, 2013 at 12:21 am

    What fun! It makes the dreary rain/snow/sleet disappear!

  10. Toddi/Claudia on December 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    These are amazing photos. Can you imagine the time it took to put the costumes together AND then, the make up. From the look on the smiling faces, all the work was worth it. Very creative costumes.

  11. Sharon Johnson on December 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Looked like a fun event. You captured it nicely with your camera. Interesting as always.

  12. thelma straw on December 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Be sure to read Maine Crime writers today – 12/11/2013…. T. Straw

  13. Petra on December 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    wow, I never saw a parade like this in my entire life!
    impressive characters and really funny images!
    I am sure you had a great time, Margaret.
    well, now it is about to enjoy the great things that the winter has to offer.
    it is a time to look inside a bit, to see other things and to enjoy different atmospheres…also great and part of life.
    have a good time, dear and Happy Holidays.
    best wishes to you and yours!
    hugs 🙂

  14. Gail Farrelly on December 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Love it! Helps to remove a little of the winter chill.