Those Crazy Coney Island Dayze: The Sexy Mermaid Parade Celebration

Those Crazy Coney Island Dayze: The Sexy Mermaid Parade Celebration

Today, Coney Island again burst forth with New Yorkers in outrageous mermaid and King Neptune costumes, a display of topless women in pasties and colorfully clad drag queens making their way down the boardwalk among a swarm of arts-and-crafts floats. The beautiful zaniness is all part of the annual Mermaid Parade, which for 30 years has celebrated the first weekend of summer.

This year, however, the parade faced its demise after its sponsor, Coney Island USA, had its headquarters damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Combined with rising insurance premiums, the costs of crowd control and Porta-Potties for several hundred thousand people, the parade needed an infusion of an additional $100,000, or it wouldn’t have lived to see its 31st edition.

The Mermaid Parade is an annual event that first took place at Coney Island in 1983 and has been a very popular attraction ever since. The Mermaid Parade draws a huge crowd of celebrators, who don wild and outrageous costumes, with the parade’s naughty marchers wearing sea-themed outfits that often leave little to the imagination.

This year, clad in costumes that combined seashells and glitter, scores of exuberant revelers gyrated through Coney Island on Saturday. An estimated half-million people lined the sunny streets to watch ogle Brooklyn’s version of Mardi Gras. The flamboyant marchers, many of whom wore their costumes on the subway out to Coney Island, much to the amusement of their fellow riders, walked on the boardwalk alongside colorful floats and danced to several live bands blaring out top 40 hits and old-time standards.

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The 2011 Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Slide Show: The Coney Island Mermaid Parade

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Eternal Storm: The After-Effects of Hurricane Sandy

Eternal Storm: The After-Effects of Hurricane Sandy

Jamie Stuart, the filmmaker who shot Idiot with a Tripod, the 2010 blizzard short film that Roger Ebert called Oscar-worthy, is back with another short about the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy. In a sense, the new four-minute “Eternal Storm” is a conceptual follow-up to his 2010 short film and was shot in Far Rockaway, Staten Island, Coney Island and Astoria one week after Sandy hit.

About his new film, Stuart writes, “I don’t know if it’s right to create art out of this experience, yet. I don’t know what the time limit is. But I have created something that I hope people can appreciate. And art always helps.”

Eternal Storm: The After-Effects of Hurricane Sandy

Idiot with a Tripod: New York’s Blizzard of 2010

Here’s the moody, brilliantly-shot meditation on a buried city that was called Oscar-worthy by Roger Ebert. The video was shot by filmmaker Jamie Stuart in Queens, New York, during the snowstorm on the night of December, the 26th. Like the film itself, the title, Idiot with a Tripod, is an homage to the 1929 silent film Man With a Movie Camera.

Idiot with a Tripod: New York’s Blizzard of 2010

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