Saturday, June 19, 2010

365 Project - Day 170 - "Coney Island"



June 19, 2010 - "Coney Island"

Headed down to NYC for the day with our good friends Lenny & Kristin. Early train to Grand Central followed by extremely speedy cab ride down to the Life Café for a wedding anniversary brunch (Today was Holly and my 11th anniversary!).

Walked through Tompkins Square... made our way through a couple of street fairs... wandered through Union Square... then hopped on the Q-Line in to Coney Island for the Mermaid Parade

The train was full of mermaids... and confused locals.

Last stop exit... crowds-upon-crowds of people... sun shining strong.

Wandered up and down Surf Ave - my camera firing like crazy.

Stood right at the very start of the parade... amongst the press-crowd surrounding the float that carries "King Neptune and Queen Mermaid". This year the "Royal Family" was none other than Lou Reed and his wife Laurie Anderson - with an honorary title of "Royal Mer-Dog" going to their pooch Lola Belle.

I wedged my way through the crowd and stood right at the edge of their float as they waited for the parade to begin... attendants handing them iced coffees and making adjustments to costumes.

All-in-all I took around 400 photos at the parade... including at least a couple-dozen of the "Royal Couple". Sure, I got much better shots of them... yet for some reason this particular photo really stands out to me. Lou, Laurie and Lola Belle in that moment before the march began.

To check out more of my photos from the Mermaid Parade, click HERE

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