Thursday, August 26, 2010
June 19 Coney Island's Mermaid Parade
It's a big day in Coney Island. Today is the Mermaid Parade. This is Coney Island's version of a Mardi Gras Parade. I got to CI before 8am and headed to the handball courts. The Seaside Courts were packed. Mostly friendly games. But the non playing crowd was buzzing about a possible "A" game that might happen. So I took pictures while I waited for the big game.
Cisco & PeeWee battling early in the match.
New York City handball legend Joe Durso
PeeWee was all over the court
Cisco during a timeout
Tense moment near the end of the match
PeeWee with a victory smile. I got chastised while taking PeeWee's picture by someone in the crowd. He said the legend is over there why are you taking PeeWee's picture? I didn't say it out loud, but I was thinking because PeeWee is the reason they won.
Joe Durso cooling off after a hard fought win.
I was running late for the parade. I had to run from W 5th St. to W 21st St. to get my press pass for the Mermaid Parade staging area. I grabbed a Nathan's hot dog on the way. My God I love Coney Island.
I had to stop and get a t-shirt for the parade. The streets were already packed with parade participants and onlookers. I'll try my best to describe the day with pictures, lots of pictures and words.
Only in Coney Island would someone dressed like this not stand out in the crowd. It's barely past 11am and the party has started. One thing I learned today. Everybody here is a star, at least for a day. I really enjoyed that aspect of the parade. There are almost as many photographers walking around as there are people in the parade. I took over 50 pictures just walking to the staging area on 21st Street.
There are no dressing rooms...so a mirror leaning on a tree along Surf Ave gets the job done.
Some of the beautiful people in the Mermaid Parade. This last one is one of my favorite pictures.