The 33rd Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade turned Surf Avenue into a ocean of nearly naked sea creatures yesterday, as huge crowds came out to march and dance and drink and play and party.
The rain held off for most of the actual parade, with just a brief sprinkle dampening some of the pre-gaming fun in the staging area, and then another minor downpour after most mermaids had completed the route.
The King and Queen this year were Mat Fraser, an actor best known for his role in American Horror Story: Freak Show, and burlesque star Julie Atlas Muz, and they reigned with honor and munificence.
As usual, there were tons of beautiful/terrifying/silly/sexy homemade costumes on display, as well as a number of awesome marching bands (including Hungry March Band and Batala) and choreographed routines from the larger, more organized squads, such as the Sexcamaids crew and Tails of Glory, who this year came as The Codfather.
As is always the case with the fiercely inclusive Mermaid Parade, no matter how skimpy your outfit and whatever your body shape, everyone was allowed to have the same amount of fun.