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When mermaids march to the sea.

A photographer's point of view.

By Ann Hermes / August 4, 2009

Ann Hermes

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I have been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and would have said nothing compares – until I saw the mermaids. Hundreds of slightly gaudy, brightly sequined women – and men – danced down the boardwalk on an overcast afternoon at Coney Island.

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Mermen, human flounders, stingrays, and a storm trooper in a Speedo marched to the edge of the Atlantic where fruit offerings were tossed into the ocean. It's a revelry that rivals Carnival.