Mermaid Parade Hits Coney Island, Gets Political (PHOTOS)

06/21/2010 02:42 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Men in drag and scantily-clad women strolled down Brooklyn's Surf Avenue this past Sunday in Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade.

Lou Reed and wife Laurie Anderson presided over the beach-front fete as the crowned King and Queen, while members of the Mermaid constituency marched in rage over the oil spill. Their signs bluntly expressed their anger, reading "Fuck You BP, Save The Mermaids," Gothamist reported.

When not protesting BP, the mermaids kept the mood chipper with their bright costumes and body glitter. Check out their outlandish get-ups below!

Coney Island Mermaid Parade