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Fewer Coney Island babies at this year’s Mermaid Parade

The annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade normally would have been held this past Saturday. But, obviously, these are not normal times.

Downtown photographer Milo Hess ventured out onto the boardwalk and found a handful in costume keeping the tradition alive.

(Photo by Milo Hess)
(Photo by Milo Hess)

Unaffected by the earthly pandemic below, the summer solstice went on as usual. Saturday, the Northern Hemisphere saw the longest period of daylight of the year.

(Photo by Milo Hess)

Throughout history, the summer solstice has been a day for festivals and rituals — so, hey, why not mermaids and freaks?

(Photo by Milo Hess)

The solstice traditionally was known as “midsummer” but now it’s seen as the start of summer.

Looking up to the sky out over the Atlantic, Hess saw what looked to him “like a beast, monster or a Godzilla-like cloud formation.”

(Photo by Milo Hess)

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