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Fin-weather friends have their day in the sun at Coney Island Mermaid Parade


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Fin-weather friends have their day in the sun at Coney Island Mermaid Parade

By Nicole Ettlinger and John Lauinger


June 23rd 2008



Cairo for News

These two mermaids shunned sea hues for

brighter attire at the Mermaid Parade in

Coney Island on Saturday.

[/float]The sands of Coney Island shimmered with glittery shells, sequins and scaly fins Saturday as a tidal wave of sea beauties splashed down for the annual Mermaid Parade.


Thousands of costume-clad revelers hit the Boardwalk for the annual summer celebration of art, aquatic impersonation and Coney Island's honky-tonk charm.


"The mermaid parade is unlike any other parade in the world - and there's nowhere else in the world like Coney Island," said burlesque dancer-turned-mermaid Angie Ponpani, 29, of Kensington, Brooklyn.


Other ocean lovelies praised the parade's high-seas spirit.


"This is a celebration of creativity and freedom," said Erica Fuery-Gaudio, a 36-year-old environmental scientist from Connecticut who wore shells in her hair, a shell bra - and a yellow-green tail, of course. "Let your freak flags fly and it's perfectly okay."


But the parade was not all about gorgeous sea-women.


Decked out as a sailor in a light-blue wig and red-white -and-blue bell-bottoms, East Village resident Mark Barrett, 35, said he hoped the Mermaids keep coming to Coney Island - even if the oceanside amusement mecca is redeveloped.


"It's great fun," he said of the 25-year-old tradition. "There are not a lot of sponsors, just local people being creative. I hope with the changes to Coney Island, it doesn't die."

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Yea, i hope also that these plans to mall-ify coney island are shot down and a reasonable plan is put in place. They have all summer to do it.


- Andy

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