Posted in music | pictures on June 21, 2009

photos by Barry Yanowitz

mermaid parade

"The tradition of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade began in 1983, when the first event of this kind was conceptualized and organized by Dick Zigun, who is sometimes dubbed the "Mayor of Coney Island", and who was the founder of the non-profit arts group Coney Island USA.

The parade pays homage to the Coney Island Mardi Gras parades of the early 20th century. During this era, Coney Island was the primary amusement park destination for those in the New York area. Like the much larger annual Village Halloween Parade, the mermaid parade embodies the spirit and artistry of Mardi Gras." [Wiki]

Despite the rain, this year's Mermaid Parade went down as planned in Coney Island (Brooklyn, NY) this afternoon (6/21). Harvey Keitel, with his wife (the queen) by his side, was the the king (Neptune) of the parade. More pictures (NSFW), below...

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Comments (52)

why's it the girls that you don't wanna see topless, well, topless?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 5:40 AM

The girls you want to see are all sick of you.

Posted by Pungent Stench | June 21, 2009 6:13 AM

They'd better put an end to this nonsense if they ever want me to buy a condo there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 6:17 AM

MEHrmaids.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 9:08 AM

alot of queens actress looking chicks

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 9:11 AM

That shot of the car in front of Nathan's is fantastic!

Posted by blt | June 21, 2009 9:54 AM

i love you, metrocard-hat girl

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 10:18 AM

OMG!!! Underdog Lady!!!

Posted by trash talkin sandwich | June 21, 2009 10:18 AM

MEHsturbation

Posted by fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap | June 21, 2009 10:59 AM

Who the f wants you to buy a condo here jerk off?

Posted by Jim | June 21, 2009 11:04 AM

MEHmmary glands.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 11:37 AM

the shot of the car was that computer edit or shot on polaroid?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 11:44 AM

Fantastic photos! First time at the parade and I loved it even with the rain

Posted by Barbara | June 21, 2009 12:10 PM

who would every go to this

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 12:20 PM

boring!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 12:36 PM

Fabulous, fabulous, is all I can say. NYers are a hearty bunch. Mobs of us weathered the storms - in the pouring rain we were out there and the marchers were so grateful - it was unbelievable. If you've never attended this parade, you should make it a point to do so next year. Its got to be the best parade in NYC.

Posted by E | June 21, 2009 12:41 PM

To the anonymous fool who asks, "who would every go to this?" Tens of thousands of New Yorkers, residents of neighboring states and tourists from around the globe. Perhaps the better statement from you would be, "I would never to go to this parade." And, if that's how you feel, then you shouldn't go. Its certainly not for those like you who wouldn't appreciate it. So, you see, you have no business posting comments here. Go find yourself something that appeals to you and comment there.

Posted by True New Yorker - Defender of Coney Island and its Traditions | June 21, 2009 12:46 PM

This was a festive time for people who love to experience life and enjoy every part of it, duds would hate it, but that duds for you!

Posted by Neva | June 21, 2009 12:47 PM

This was my first time. It was surreal. It was fantastic. Your pictures are fucking awesome! Ironically, the yellow girl in pic ended up on the ground at the end of parade from a cocktail of what seemed to be serious drugs and alcohol. Ambulances, firetrucks etc.

Posted by Feeby | June 21, 2009 1:19 PM

Underdog Lady For The Win!!!!

Posted by Kurt C | June 21, 2009 1:19 PM

that car shot IS amazing, great photos

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 1:26 PM

mew mew mew! fish!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 1:32 PM

love the parade. always great fun, but didn't go this year.

above pics just ok. have seen much more elaborate costumes in the past.

Posted by old punk | June 21, 2009 2:07 PM

good time at beer island afterwards!

Posted by Stevo | June 21, 2009 3:21 PM

"Who the f wants you to buy a condo here jerk off?"

The developers, fuckface.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 4:09 PM

was raining or not better girls, but just wearing tshirt:))

Posted by Bayram Turları | June 21, 2009 4:09 PM

Underdog lady! Wow she got heavy.

Posted by john | June 21, 2009 4:24 PM

Holy shit - that IS Underdog Lady! She use to be such a tiny tiny girl! Apparently she got over her social phobias, too, if her appearance at this huge parade is any indication - well, good for her!

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | June 21, 2009 5:00 PM

"Ironically, the yellow girl in pic ended up on the ground at the end of parade from a cocktail of what seemed to be serious drugs and alcohol."

That couldn't be any less ironic if you tried.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 5:10 PM

Skanks on parade!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 6:22 PM

"This was a festive time for people who love to experience life and enjoy every part of it, duds would hate it, but that duds for you!"

Yeah well I guess I will just be a dud and try to do some other things to enjoy and experience life like skydive over the Grand Canyon and climb in the Andes. But hey winner, you stand outside in the rain and watch a deranged lunatic like Underdog Lady walk by. Now that is experiencing life in all it's glory.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 6:48 PM

too many haters spoil all the fun. try loving a little more. you might like it.

Posted by anon | June 21, 2009 6:49 PM

This was my first time at the parade. It was awesome!!!

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Posted by Star | June 21, 2009 7:31 PM

6:48 probably enjoys skydiving with a stick up his/hers/its ass.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 7:47 PM

Ugly people should not have this much self esteem.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 8:06 PM

7:47-lame comeback. Try to be more creative

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 8:23 PM

What a bunch of assholes. They should not let the mentally retarded post messages on this site.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 10:35 PM

no comment.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 10:53 PM

Facetiousness confuses and angers 11:04.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 11:29 PM

really nice job on the pics Barry Yanowitz!
the one of the huge inflatable fish on top of the NY aquarium cart as the cop looks on is superb ; )

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2009 2:56 AM

motley crue girl is hot... rawr

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2009 9:53 AM

This is some fucked up, freaky shit that I wish I went to.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2009 11:20 AM

There is a lot more beauty within those pics even in the perceived "ugly" - beauty is all around for those prepared to behold it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2009 11:43 AM

if you're going to put down these women for their looks (which is pretty ridiculous, these are some beautiful girls)...

then it's only fair that you post links to photos of yourself.

give us your myspace or facebook link pronto, loser. if you don't you're a hypocrite, and a coward

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2009 11:51 AM

if you're going to put down these women for their looks (which is pretty ridiculous, these are some beautiful girls)...

then it's only fair that you post links to photos of yourself.

give us your myspace or facebook link pronto, loser. if you don't you're a hypocrite, and a coward

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2009 11:54 AM

You can say that again!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2009 12:20 PM

"They'd better put an end to this nonsense if they ever want me to buy a condo there."


I agree!

This looks like it was very noisy.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2009 1:11 PM

They need to turn Coney into a mall already.

Posted by ESPN Zone | June 22, 2009 3:30 PM

Dont develop Coney for yuppie condos. Dont shrink Coney just to please bloomberg's developer friends.
Great photos.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2009 5:44 AM

KEEP up the fun...the boring people need to move where there are other boring people who don't know how to have fun!

Posted by divine ms. d | July 4, 2009 9:12 PM

glittered happy tits at their most saggy are always much more beautiful than your ugly set of balls sitting atop your hairy ass. that's why there are no pictures of men's glittered ugly balls and hairy asses in the mermaid parade, or for that matter, most anywhere else, except maybe the homosexual wing of a turkish prison.

go f****k yourself for making fun of those who come out, shed inhibitions and the prevailing cosmo magazine mentality that everyone has to be a 22 year old skinny hottie, to have a roaring good time.

the attitudes of haters are the ones in our society that are angry at themselves, their ex-girlfriends, their mothers, their therapist, their late train, their job, their boss, their ugly dick no one wants to play with, their own existence. these are the people who fade into beige and aren't invited anywhere and when they die, their two cousins from jersey show up.

what a waste. i'd suggest that you offer yourself for a british petroleum plug. nah, i don't think the last things those dying pelicans need to see is your sour-ass attitude towards life.

you have nothing to offer the mermaid parade, any other parade or life in general. that's why you weren't there. no one would notice you. you are a "fade in beige" boring asshole that no one wants (a) to be near, (b) to photograph.

i guess it's better for you to just fade into nothingness, while you load up red tube, jerk off, and take potshots at others who get out of their mother's basement apartment and join the party outside. lissen hockey puck, umm, lighten up, k???

Posted by itsalltoomuchforme | June 18, 2010 2:25 PM

glittered happy tits at their most saggy are always much more beautiful than your ugly set of balls sitting atop your hairy ass. that's why there are no pictures of men's glittered ugly balls and hairy asses in the mermaid parade, or for that matter, most anywhere else, except maybe the homosexual wing of a turkish prison.

go f****k yourself for making fun of those who come out, shed inhibitions and the prevailing cosmo magazine mentality that everyone has to be a 22 year old skinny hottie, to have a roaring good time.

the attitudes of haters are the ones in our society that are angry at themselves, their ex-girlfriends, their mothers, their therapist, their late train, their job, their boss, their ugly dick no one wants to play with, their own existence. these are the people who fade into beige and aren't invited anywhere and when they die, their two cousins from jersey show up.

what a waste. i'd suggest that you offer yourself for a british petroleum plug. nah, i don't think the last things those dying pelicans need to see is your sour-ass attitude towards life.

you have nothing to offer the mermaid parade, any other parade or life in general. that's why you weren't there. no one would notice you. you are a "fade in beige" boring asshole that no one wants (a) to be near, (b) to photograph.

i guess it's better for you to just fade into nothingness, while you load up free porn on red tube, jerk off, and take potshots at others who get out of their mother's basement apartment and join the party outside. lissen hockey puck, umm, lighten up, k???

Posted by itsalltoomuchforme | June 18, 2010 2:32 PM

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