It was rather hot as crowds lined Surf Avenue in Coney Island to watch the yearly Mermaid Parade this last Saturday. The floats and the costumes were fun and imaginative as always. Though certainly a spirited affair, many an 'oil' covered mermaid or sea creature in the parade confirmed that the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf was a common concern.
Lou Read and Laurie Anderson, this year's King and Queen, were enthusiastically greeted as they passed by.
Yes, Coney Island is not what it used to be, but the place still offers quite a spectacle.