Ever wanted to have the experience of living like a mystical magical mermaid on land?! Well, Coney Island's Mermaid Parade was last weekend and guess who made the trip all the way out. I braved the sea of pretzel-munchers and beer-guzzlers to the boardwalk of dreams and partook in a celebration like no other! The festivities were merry and the mermaids were out in full force.
The energy of the crowd was beautifully positive and welcoming! Since moving to NYC three years ago, I had heard and seen photographs of the parade and it always seemed like a wonderful day of merriment, but I always missed it and never made the 45+ minute trek from (gasp!) Manhattan. Needless to say, when I found out one day beforehand that the parade was taking place again, I was hopeful that I'd make it. It really turned out to be an M Smo Experience and a day of beauty and sunshine and bliss. My first time on the boardwalk of Coney Island was memorable: the weather was far chillier than I expected on the beach (ahem, when you're half-naked as a mermaid)...there was far more real, fatty fried food than I'd seen in a while ...and the general crowd was an odd mixture of locals, carnival attendees, and parade-goers.
Gorgeous day. It's fun to be a Mermaid, but I prefer to be a Lady.