The Coney Island Mermaid Parade might be one of the few last vestiges of “old” New York’s theatricality. Which is to say, every year it’s okay to dress up like a drag queen fish, hang out with the Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed (pictured above, with life-partner and performance artist Laurie Anderson), or go tromping around the boardwalk covering up just enough body parts to not get arrested. It’s one of the more colorful traditions in the city, and this year was especially political, with many participants covering themselves with black paint and crossed out BP logos. Mermaids and pirates hate pollution just as much as we do!
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