Making a Splash


| September 27, 2000

Making a Splash, Buster Phillips, Ironminds
The Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade has about as much to do with the Summer Solstice as Marti Gras has to do with Lent. 'Without the slightest tinge of hyperbole, it's the biggest public freakshow in all 50 United States. And it is beautiful,' writes Buster Philips in the online zine Ironminds. 'Nobody gets arrested or seems offended or violated or scandalized or turned on, even. It's just sorta funny and goofy. Hot dogs, beer in Styrofoam coffee cups, and naked women who may or may not be dressed like mermaids; how could it not be?' -- Sara V. Buckwitz
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