Friday, June 29, 2012

Girls (and boys and Mermaids) Just Wanna Have Fun!

As we head into this weekend, I have been told by quite a few friends that I missed a very lively time LAST weekend--between the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island and the Pride Parade in Manhattan, there was cheer and revelry around every corner.  Since this is still officially Pride Week - us girls wanted to share some of our fun.

Our Mermaid Intern Linda headed to the Pride Parade last Sunday afternoon where Cyndi Lauper, a devoted gay rights advocate, kicked off the LGBT Pride festivities in fashion. The Pride Parade, never short on extravagance and color, dazzled in Sunday's sunny temps. Neon short shorts and ankle breaking rhinestone platforms were among the more conservative pieces donned at the occasion. But this year's parade had far more significance for marchers, because it marked the first year anniversary of the legalization of gay marriage in NY. It's hard to imagine that less than 2 decades ago the Pride Parade was more of a political protest than the celebratory parade it is today.

Meanwhile, on the coastal end of Brooklyn, Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade set sail last Saturday. The Mermaid Parade originated in 1983, as both an homage to the early 20th century Coney Island Mardi Gras parades and as a celebration of the beginning of summer. Whatever the occasion, we are always on board for a Mermaid get together. :)

Whatever you have planned for the weekend, we hope you celebrate and swim lightly!


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