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Nudal Frontity

Ahem. Now that I have your attention-- there was less than last year. Some people essentially topless, (One woman with tassel pasties that she could swing in a circle!) Nobody actally bottomless this year. Although there was a man who seemed to be wearing a powdered wig, silver paint and a small amound of string. It suited him.

I am talking of course about the Mermaid Parade. It was a grey and drizzly day, and I don't usually like crowds or loud noises. I do make an exception for the Mermaid Parade. It is just so much silly fun. The mermaid theme is very loosely applied-- there were ladies with antlers who called themselves Mermalopes for expample. There was an amazing marching band up from Baltimore . There was a bagpipe team. And there were swing dancers. There were mermaids in wheelchairs and baby mermaids in strollers. There were antique cars, and an articulated octopus made of cardboard. Glitter, tulle, body paint. Here are pictures.


Coney Island never aspired to be a dignified place. It is meant for clam strips and cotton candy and sand in your shoes. It is meant for summer and distant music, and salt and grease, and fireworks over the water. What a strange place to live...

It has been a very cold wet June. It has rained nearly every day. In between the rain it has been cloudy close and sticky. Hazel has been feeling her age. She is 9 this summer. She does not like going down stairs. I can see her pause at the top and sort of steel herself, then she goes down at a sort of controlled fall. There will come a day when all those stairs are too much for her. I am not sure what we will do then. I cannot carry her. I suppose when that day comes we can move somewhere closer to the ground. But that day is not today. Today I took her out at 7 am, and the whole place was asleep. We were the only ones up on the whole street. And the sky was grey and the grwoing things were that crazy intense green you only get in June. The mermaids and the church-goers were alike asleep. Only we were there. And I stood and breathed while she found things to pee on. And it was serene.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 21st, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
A Mermaid Parade sounds like fun!! Boston has a St. Patrick's Day parade that is a similar mix of serious fun and goofy stuff.
Jun. 22nd, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
I remember that. This is not as big, and a little less professional somehow.
Jun. 21st, 2015 07:10 pm (UTC)
Jun. 22nd, 2015 09:06 pm (UTC)
I was thinking we would have to do tramadol. But found glucosamine chondroitin at our grocery store. They meant it for people, but it seems the same as for dogs. We gave it a try and it seems to be helping!
Jun. 23rd, 2015 04:25 am (UTC)
Oh, yay, anything that helps! I can't find that in my lists of veterinary drugs, you must be ahead of us!
Jun. 22nd, 2015 09:35 am (UTC)
Sometimes I'm amazed when I up early in the mornings, just how beautiful the world can be when everyone else is asleep. The mermaid parade sounds fun too. If there are going to be crowds around, the least they can do is be entertaining...
Jun. 22nd, 2015 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yes. I like the quiet.
Jun. 22nd, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
sounds like a "fun" event! Great when people can be their silly selves and get a way with it. Question: could the lady with tassle pasties swing them in opposite directions?
Jun. 22nd, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
She probably could, by rotating shoulders in opposite directions. I did not see her do that though.I was amazed enough as it is! A good time had by all.
Jun. 23rd, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
OH where is my mind at! She would be popular with most of the guys I served with, I think!
Jun. 24th, 2015 07:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, that has cheered me right up. Thank you :-)
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