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MY LITTLE MERMAID

Children - are staring of eyes so frightful,
Mischievous legs on a wooden floor,
Children - is sun in the gloomy motives,
Hypotheses' of happy sciences world.


Eternal disorder in the ring's gold,
Tender word's whispers in semi-sleep,
On the wall in a cozy child's room, the dreaming
Peaceful pictures of birds and sheep.


Children - is evening, evening on the couch,
In the fog, through the window, glimmer street lamps,
A measured voice of the tale of King Saltan,
Mermaid-sisters of seas from tales.


Children - is rest, brief moment of respite,
A trembling vow before God's eyes,
Children - are the world's tender riddles,
Where in the riddle the answer hides!

LITTLE WORLD, Poem by Marina Tsvetaeva

As a big fan of shooting parades and festivals both holy ones and not holy, I had to capture this year’s Mermaid Parade in Brooklyn’s Coney Island.
The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. It is a celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside. It was founded in 1983 with three goals in mind: it brings mythology to life for local residents who live on the Mermaid and Neptune streets; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment” and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.

The parade is always held in such outrageous spirit, with costumes mainly inspired by the sea and freedom, and with people of all colors, shapes and sizes. It’s typically a blinding medley of color, craft and total craziness.

The Mermaid Parade is held in celebration of summer’s beginning and traditionally takes place on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice. The tradition was conceptualized in 1983 by Dick Zigun, dubbed “Mayor of Coney Island”, who was also the founder of the non-profit arts group Coney Island USA.

The parade honors the Coney Island Mardi Gras festivities of the early 20th century when Coney Island was the go-to amusement park destination for New Yorkers. Like the annual Village Halloween Parade, the Mermaid Parade embraces the spirit and artistry of Mardi Gras.

For a photographer it wasn't an easy situation at all because I'd say hundreds of people were carryng cameras and flashes but I wished to get the spirit of the day focusing on the fantastic mood. Just my little mermaid!

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