Every year Coney Island USA puts on the Mermaid Parade to celebrate the beginning of the Summer Season on the Coney Island Beaches. The whole experience was fantastic. Having spent so many Mardi Gras in New Orleans I was surprised by how much fun the Mermaid Parade was in comparison. The ladies and gentlemen coming down the boardwalk ranged from scantily clad to in full drag and everything in between. Here are some of my favorite photos from the festivities this year. Because the parade is a trademark of Coney Island USA none of these images are available for sale as prints.