Entrants glam up N.Y. Mermaid Parade

June 19, 2011 at 3:52 PM

BROOKLYN, N.Y., June 19 (UPI) -- About 3,000 glittered and glammed up revelers took over New York's Coney Island Boardwalk for the annual Mermaid Parade, organizers said.

Participants in the annual event decked out in a wild display of costumes danced along the route Saturday accompanied by drum corps and crowds whooping it up, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

"I'm loving it," said Kathleen Brady, 29, who was dressed in a foam shark suit accented with purple stars on her face, pink eye shadow and glitter-laced long eyelashes.

Celebrants dressed as mermaids and mermen frolicked down the boardwalk while others just took in the sight of models dressed as scantily dressed starfish, the New York Post said.

One stilt-walking participant wobbled his way through the crowd wearing a stars-and-stripes suit and top hat shouting "God Bless America," the Daily News said.

"It's become a better and better show every year," said Scott McBride, 40, from Crown Heights, who was marching in his fifth parade.

"It brings people to Coney Island. We love [Coney Island] the way that it is."

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