Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, ritual, summer, costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, NY, documentary, photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, ritual, summer, costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, psychic reader,  photography, Florence Leyret
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Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, summer, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, New York, landmark, amusement park, wheel, Cyclone,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, ritual, summer, costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, Mermaid, Neptune,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, ritual, summer, costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, ritual, summer, costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, New York, amusement park, photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, ritual, summer, costumes, Coney Island USA,  New York, Kind of the Mermaid parade, queen of Mermaid parade, photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, ritual, summer, costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, New York, sand , beach,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids,costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, mermaid, photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, amusement park, old fashioned,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, ritual, summer, costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, tattoo,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids,costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, sailor, mermaid,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, ritual, summer, costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition,  New York, flag,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, ritual,Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, Cyclone,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids,  costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, sign, doctor Zigun, Astroland,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, ritual, summer, costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, pirate,photography, Florence Leyret
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Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids,  costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, sand, beach, Mermaid,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, ritual, summer, costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, New York, old fashioned, amusement park,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids, costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, merman, man in blue,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade,  costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, old fashioned, amusement park,photography, Florence Leyret
Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade, mermaids,costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, merman, beard with flowers,photography, Florence Leyret


In just a little over an hour one can be transported from the commercialised, wealthy island of Manhattan to the old-school and ramshackle Coney Island, Brooklyn.

Since its inception in 1983, the Mermaid Parade has become more crowded and organised. But it still retains its spirit of individuality. It is a parade of free spirits and funky people who somehow feel a great connection with the world of Mermaids/ Mermen. (Sometimes, the connection is not obvious, though!)
I have been documenting the mermaid Parade for the last ten years. Each time I am struck by its sense of nostalgia and its affirmation of the power of eccentricity. I am also fascinated by the necessity for all of us to create or find our own rituals. It is a recurrent theme in my work, collective rituals that join us together.  




Coney Island, Brooklyn, Mermaid Parade,USA, NYC, Coney Island Mermaid parade,  costumes, Coney Island USA, tradition, 21 st of June, mythology, New York, boardwalk, night,photography, Florence Leyret
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