2007 Mermaid Parade Has Political, But Fun Spirit
bondidwhat | June 25, 2007 at 06:23 amby
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"Save Coney Island" was a common theme running throughout the parade. A skeleton-mask clad man with “Thor” written on his lapel; an obvious reference to Thor Equities, the development firm that is proposing to redevelop the area. Their controversial plans originally included much-maligned condos, which have since been replaced with hotels, timeshares, and an enclosed amusement area. Black-clad revelers marched along in a "funeral" procession for Astroland Amusement Park, a property purchased by Thor last year which has sparked a citywide interest in the state of Coney Island’s affairs. This year is reportedly the last for the 44 year-old amusement park but negotiations are underway to give the park one more summer while the park looks for a new destination.
It was not all a political statement, however. There was still a great deal of fun to be had ranging from outrageous costumes to children dressed up as mermaids and pirates.
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