Yesterday I went to The Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. It’s an annual event that unofficially marks the beginning of Summer, which is funny because there was a downpour during the late morning and early afternoon. But by 2:00pm the rain had come to pass, and the thunder began to retreat into the distance. One by one the Mer-folk took off their rain ponchos as the heat from the sun broke through the clouds and warmed our bodies. Here’s a glimpse into the time that I spent there. It was a truly wonderful occasion, filled with so much joy, beauty, kindness, creativity and community – it seemed we all brought the finest sides of ourselves to the parade. At the end of it we left the boardwalk and walked onto the beach — some stopped and partook in song and dance, while others continued towards the soft sandy shore, leaving our tired legs behind, and slipping back into the ocean.