|FDNY truck sprays water on the Mermaid Parade|
|Close-Up shot of police cruisers|
I don't know what precipitated this, whether it was in response to an actual threat or as a preventative measure in the aftermath of the Boston Bombing incident. I also don't mean to criticize the NYPD for a strong presence. My main issue is the way they did it. They protected and controlled the parade to the point of ruining it.
|A patrolman stands watch.|
When we got to about a third of the way down the boardwalk, we found yet another barricade. The entire middle section of the boardwalk was blocked off so as to facilitate videoing the parade. In the past, the parade had never actually wound its way onto the boardwalk but terminated much earlier. This year, the entire center section of the boardwalk was off-limits.
Essentially, this year's parade was one long photo-op with extreme security presence. It was protected to the point of it being stifled. It's a real shame but also so indicative of what's happened to the US since 911, we've effectively become a security state. I miss the '90s.
Still, we did encounter a live music party near the barricade and pretty much joined that, but that will be the subject of a later post.