The Queen Mermaid: Still fasting (and still strong)
The Reverand Billy and Savitri D. at the parade Saturday. (Photo by bluecinema on Flickr)
The Queen Mermaid has a growling stomach, but shes staying strong.
Savitri D., the crowned fishy one of Saturdays Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, vowed to go without food from the end of the parade until a community meeting on at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Residents are invited to testify at the meeting about the citys development plans for the neighborhood. In an effort to raise awareness and motivate people to turn out, Savitri has been sitting in the storefront window of Coney Island USA at Surf Avenue and 12th Street, on display and feeling hungry.
Were trying to bring the energy forward to this meeting tomorrow, she said of the meeting at Lincoln High School. Its so important to the future of Coney Island, where people can come and have fun without spending that much money.
Savitri says she last ate at 3 p.m. on Saturday, and while shes feeling the support from most passersby, a few have been testing her self-depravation.
Of course the smell of Nathans sometimes gets to me, and when people walk by with french fries to torture me, thats funny, too, she said. Im feeling good, but tired.
If youre curious, you can video chat with Her Majesty right now at revbilly.com/mermaid. Shes got her mermaid outfit on and her computer handy.
-- Megan Stride