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Scenes of a Mermaid Parade II

It’s not just mermaids at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It’s a sea-related theme so anything goes in terms of costumes and floats. Many of the costumes are home made and quite ingenious in the use of materials or the humor of the theme. There’s also a car parade with enthusiasts showing off their horsepower. Check out more costumes and parade sights in the slide shows

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People Places and Things

Scenes of a Mermaid Parade

For expats who live near the coast, summer means sun, sand, and surf and nothing exemplifies this more than the Coney Island Mermaid Parade in Brooklyn, NY. A Saturday event that happens around the Summer Solstice — this year the Mermaid Parade was on June 19th. The Mermaid Parade started in 1983 as an arts parade that celebrates all things sea-related. For a fee, anyone can march in the parade — and many do, showing off homemade costumes and floats.

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Living the Life

Be a Sport

Every country has a sport, a game that excites people and fuels nationalistic pride. Depending on the season, there may even be more than one for athletes (armchair and otherwise) to participate in. One of the biggest sport mysteries is why Americans and to a large extent Canadians do not have the same fervor for soccer as every other country in the

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People Places and Things

Say What?

The 1963 movie adaptation of the 1950 book The Great Escape was based on the true story of POWs in World War II. 76 POWs escaped from the high-security prison Stalag Luft III in German-occupied Poland through an underground tunnel dug by the prisoners. In the movie, despite not being able to speak German or Polish, two of the characters were one bus ride away from freedom when they were caught by a suspicious German officer. He said “good luck” in English and despite the circumstances, the Scottish escapee replied

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