Category Archives: Parade

Coney Island Mermaid Parade ’16

One of the best parades in NYC is the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It’s a home-grown effort that anyone can participate in and it’s free of corporate floats. It’s also one of the best parades in New York City to photograph for both it’s colorful costumes and flamboyance.

I photographed the parade both at the staging area as well as on the parade route this year, getting some new perspectives of the parade participants. If you’ve never been to this parade you’re missing out on a great way to usher in the summer season. Here are a few images from the parade. More are on my website: http://www.rzfimages.com/2016-Photos/Mermaid-Parade-16/

Tartan Day Parade ’15

Yesterday (4/11/15) was a perfect day for the 17th annual Tartan Day Parade up Sixth Avenue. This parade, while only 10 blocks long, is a hidden gem of parades. Great pageantry, with gorgeous colors of different tartans uplifting and inspiring pipe & drum music and very friendly people — and dogs: there’s a contingent of both Scottish and West Highland White Terriers (“Westies”) that are also part of the parade tradition.

The best part of this parade, in my mind, is at the end, when the bands turn up W55th Street. That’s where most of my images were shot, with some bands still playing, and friendly parade members and their families posing for the images I shot. Here are a photos. Many more images are available for viewing and purcasing on my website: http://goo.gl/6k9uMP.

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site may be used without written permission.

All’s Swinging at the Fifth Ave. Easter Parade

Photographing the Fifth Avenue Easter Parade is a blast. There’s really no other parade where you’re in the midst of the parade because the people are the parade. Styles abound from self-made hats & headware, to people (and some canines) dressed to the nines. It’s a fun and eclectic mix of humanity.

This year I discovered a swing band and dancers kicking it up on one of the side streets off Fifth Ave. Jazz singer Molly Ryan and reedman Dan Levinson and his band held court and about 15 pairs or so of swing dancers were kicking it up for a great time.

Here are some images I made from the parade. Many more can be found on my website. Happy Easter!

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site may be used without written permission.

Veteran’s Day Parade NYC

I went down to Fifth Avenue to watch the Veteran’s Day Parade. Happy Veteran’s Day to all our men & women in the armed services for all they’ve done throughout the years.

Here are a few shots of our veterans I captured at the parade. Enjoy!

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2012


You know that summer is here in NYC when Manhattan empties out on Friday evening with the rush of people to the Hamptons and the Jersey Shore–and The Coney Island Mermaid Parade swims down Surf Avenue in–where else?–Coney Island.

This year The Coney Island Mermaid Parade celebrated its 30th anniversary on June 23. Part art parade with a Mardi Gras feel, the Coney Island Mermaid parade has its roots in the Coney Island Mardi Gras, which was held for nearly 50 years in the early 1900’s.

This shot is probably one of my favorites that I captured at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

If you come to watch the Coney Island Parade, you’ll find certain attributes you don’t see in most NYC parades: home-made costumes and floats abound. And this being an art parade featuring mermaids and mermen–there are plenty of parade participants who hew to authenticity–so there’s definitely some “skin in this game” though it tends to be tastefully done; lots of body paint and pasties abound. But you’ll find plenty of small kids marching with their parents as well as families with kids viewing from the sidewalks.

There’s truly nothing like watching the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It’s an experience unto itself that’s second only to the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. Check out the slideshow below and see for yourself. And welcome to Summer in the City!

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New York Giants Victory Parade 2012

New York City knows how to put on a victory parade and did so in style Tuesday after the Giants’ stunning Super Bowl win. I got to The Canyon of Heros early for a good spot to get some images of Eli and company. Congratulations Guys! Well-deserved!