Personal Project – Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Each year, a handful of other photographer friends and I get up painfully early, head over to the train station, and make an annual pilgrimage up to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.  By now, you’ve probably gathered that I’m not a morning person, but for the Mermaid Parade, I’ll gladly make an exception.  A few years back, a friend dragged me along, insisting it would be worth it, and I have to tip my hat to him… he wasn’t wrong!  It has become one of my favorite events to photograph each year, if not my very favorite.

We usually arrive hours before the parade kicks off, grab one of Nathan’s Famous hotdogs before the lines swell, and pick up a press pass to enter the parade staging area.  This is where all the action happens before the procession gets going, and it’s a photographer’s paradise.  The staging area is divided into two streets, one being “family-friendly” and the other “not so much.”  In either case, you just really see things you wouldn’t encounter everyday… some seriously wild marine-themed costumes.  You’ll see everything from vibrant, colorful mermaids to huge ornate floats and costumes.  It’s simply awesome!

I’ve started sharing more personal work on the blog, and I thought putting some of my shots from the 2015 Mermaid Parade up would be a good idea.  Here’s a few shots below (including a few that didn’t make the cut), but you can head over to the gallery I’ve put up at the following link if you’d like to see more: 2015 Mermaid Parade  Enjoy!

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