Once again, as they have done for the past 34 years, the denizens of the deep came ashore to strut and dance, with us human beings, along Surf Avenue in Coney Island in celebration of the annual Mermaid Parade.
There were vivacious mermaids and curvaceous red heart queens; even Wonder Women was on the scene. A gregarious curly bearded Neptune King came along for a fling. There were sharp toothed sharks, snippy crabs and other crustaceans and snakes and snails and even puppy dog tails! Were there pirates? Of course! They spend so much time at sea, they danced with rainbow haired ladies all wild and free.
It was a whirl of swirling tassels and hula hoops with twirling parasols and flowing capes that billow and swoop; the jingling of pearls, shells, and colorful corals, mingling with the sounds of music and laughter. It seemed this merriment would go on forever and after but, that could not be, as eventually the tide did call them all back to sea.