Outrageous! That’s the word that comes to mind when anyone mentions the Mermaid Parade. This annual Coney Island event is celebrating its 29th Anniversary. Although the parade through the streets and on the boardwalk begins at 1 PM, you’ll ﬁnd better photo ops by getting there around 11 AM, purchasing a Press Pass for $10, and shooting in the staging areas. You’ll be able to mingle with the participants as they prepare their ﬂoats, don their scanty and intricate costumes, drenching each other with full body paints of every color and description. You’ll also be able to shoot the parade of antique cars and floats. The staging areas this year are along Surf Avenue, west of MCU Stadium, on 20th and 21st Streets. Take the ‘D’ or ‘N’ train to the Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue station or the ‘F’ or ‘Q’ train to the West 8th Street/NY Aquarium station. If you thought the Village Halloween Parade was great, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet—and this is all in the daylight!
For more info see: http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade
Do not bring tripods as there's too many people, use on-camera flash or speedlights for contrasty light fill or backlighting fill.
There is no charge for this event unless you opt for $10 Press Pass!