Southern Brooklyn’s most bizzare, colorful and apparel-eschewing festival, the Mermaid Parade, celebrated its 30th year in 2012, with thousands of revelers descending upon Coney Island for the event.

Mermen, lady pirates, sailors and strippers snaked down Surf Avenue, rounded West 10th Street, and back over the Riegelmann Boardwalk, flashing costumes – and sometimes a little more (oh, do keep in mind that this photo gallery is not safe for work. A few boobies make an appearance).

A number of Sheepshead Bites readers lined the parade, photographing some of the oddities as they rolled by. Below is a collection of photos submitted by the following readers: Knightmare6, nolastname, Celeste L., Steve G. and Allan Shweky.

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  • ShadowLock

    Woah!

    Hot!

    • nolastname

      How’d I know you would say that. LOL

  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    I remember  the days where the number of participants came close to outnumbering the number of people watching the parade… What a difference. I heard half a million were in Coney that day.  I won’t go near it since a few years ago when I felt faint in the crowd and heat. But it’s great to have, and I hope it helps propel Coney Island to further great things.

  • nolastname

    I took many pics that were hazy. I felt better when I saw I was not the only one with that problem. One camera did fine the other had a bad day.
    All the pics are awesome. 

    • BrooklynBus

      My pictures needed too much work to submit. I felt good when the person alongside of me proclaimed out loud, I now have 50 pictures of that lady’s hat. (The lady was standing directly in front of him.)

      I don’t understand why the police let a few step inside the police barrier to photograph and they ruin it for everyone else who is standing where they should by getting in everyone’s pictures. It’s virtually impossible to get a good shot without cropping.

      • nolastname

        I kept saying down in front. I had to ask a few of the photographers near The Cyclone if the could step over. Shy I am not. It did some good for a while then I threw my hat in the air and gave up. I didn’t even stay to the end. It was too crowded and some people were getting way too close for comfort……Can’t wait for next year. LOL

  • http://www.flickr.com/knightmare6 Knightmare6

    First time I ever shot the main avenue… never again, while it’s nice to see the vehicles and larger floats, the crowd is so condensed there :/

    As for other photogs, yeah I got plenty of them blocking my shots in the discarded photos…

    I prefer the boardwalk, a lot less crowded and better breezes from the ocean.

    • BrooklynBus

      Did the Boardwalk for the last two years. More comfortable but you miss all the floats.

      What I don’t understand is why they can’t extend the parade for another quarter to half a mile so the crowds would be thinner. Bloomberg thinks he woud need more police but that’s not true. You could also space them out more too and people would be much more comfortable. I’m sure the crowding deters a lot of people from coming. Would be more business for CI if more people attended.

      • guest

        I was in the parade, and the first few blocks were very thinly spectated.  Maybe a single row of people, not squished together, along the barricades.  Maybe you should consider walking further from the crowds.

      • Kool4Coney

        which direction would you extend it?  towards Brighton or towards seagate?  and the crowds are only that thick near the CIUSA home base…  maybe because that is where the train lets people off?   I wonder how the macy’s and halloween parades get people to spread out?

        ah well, something for the organizers to work on for next years parade :)