Yesterday afternoon, every artist and freak in all five boroughs descended on Coney Island for the annual Mermaid Parade. The world’s largest art parade, now in its 27th year, was blessed with gorgeous, sunny weather and led by perhaps the most legendary couple in its history: King Neptune Lou Reed and Queen Mermaid Laurie Anderson. Participants have always tailored their costumes to fit current events, and this year we saw many oil-soaked mermaids and signs denouncing BP. Our gallery of Mermaid Parade images is after the jump.
Queen Mermaid Laurie Anderson and King Neptune Lou Reed. Notice that Anderson is grinning but Reed, though he tips his hat to the crowd, won’t betray his curmudgeonly cool by smiling. As it should be.