The Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Written and Photographed
by Wendy R. Williams
Lived by Diedre Kilgore, Josh McLane and Rachael Roberts
Josh McLane and
Rachael Roberts are currently starring in Hopscotch:
The New York Sex Comedy. In the show, they
have to perform a hot onstage love scene so they
needed to spend some quality one-on-one time together
to develop some chemistry. On Saturday June the
26th, they took a subway ride out to Coney Island
for the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade (Coney
Island’s answer to Mardi Gras).
Josh McLane and Rachael
Josh and Rachael
got off the subway and were a little lost. But
look up, there is Nathan's! And if you see Nathan's,
you’re looking at Coney Island.
Our happy campers
grabbed some hot dogs and were walking down the
board walk when they saw someone dancing off in
the distance. And who should it be but Diedre
Kilgore, a fellow Hopscotch cast member,
performing a hula dance for the golfers at the
Coney Island miniature golf course.
Diedre away from the gawkers at the miniature golf
course, they left to see the sights, saddled with
the added responsibility of baby sitting Diedre.
Coney Island was
a riot of color. It seemed that every performance
artist in the city had turned out to enjoy the
parade. Diedre quickly ran into Reverend Jen who
had brought her child, Reverend Jen Junior (you
can call her JJ) to see the parade.
Reverend Jen and her
child, Reverend Jen Junior, with Diedre Kilgore
Reverend Jen quickly
sized up the situation and realized that Diedre
would not be a good influence on little Jen, so
she got little Jen out of harm’s way. Our
happy campers then saw more mermaids. These mermaids,
however, were smart enough to maintain a safe distance
Then they saw a
fire truck full of happy revelers...
The Bedfordshire Fire
Don’t you wish you could hear their siren?
and even more mermaids!
more happy Mermaids
By now Josh and
Rachael were having a rollicking good time despite
the added responsibility of chaperoning Diedre.
Josh and Rachael having
a rollicking good time
The parade started
and there he was, Grand Marshall Moby, happily
riding down the street in all his King Neptune
Moby in all his glory
And our own New
York Cool Girl at large, Dani Marco, the reigning
Miss Rheingold, waving from a convertible. Diedre
loves Dani, but the convertible was a little much
as in, “Where’s my convertible, huh,
Dani Marco with her crown,
banner and a CONVERTIBLE
And a float full
of dead revelers!
A really weirded out
rock band, Dead Jam
Diedre was entirely
too interested in the Dead Jam folks and was trying
to climb on the float, when Josh and Rachael quickly
pulled her away from the parade and treated her
to a wholesome Merry-Go-Round ride.
But then Diedre
saw a vintage Cadillac and it was all over, she
was gone. Nothing comes between Diedre and a pink
"See, I could be
Miss Rheingold too!'
Alone at last, our
happy campers go to the amusement park where they
see the Midway!
And a really scary haunted house.
Rachael Roberts and Josh
McLane at the Haunted House
While touring the
haunted house, they became frightened and decided
to return to Manhattan. So Josh McLane and Rachael
Roberts returned home after a hard day of partying
at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.
Josh McLane and Rachael
Roberts chilling on the subway
But did they develop
chemistry as a couple?
Will they be able
to perform a hot love scene without giggling?
For the answers
to these questions check out:
New York Sex Comedy
Running Wednesdays @ 8PM
July 7th – July 28th, 2004
The Kraine Theater
85 East Fourth in the East Village