Rain or no, the 2006 Coney Island Mermaid Parade was earlier this afternoon, and Gothamist's man on the street Jake Dobkin and his trusty camera braved it so you didn't have to. A good time was reportedly had by all. The resulting photos, we think, speak for themselves.

[Related: you can see more pictures at the Mermaid Parade Flickr Group and MermaidParade Flickr Tag. Also check out some good shots from Eatsdirt, a perpetual Gothamist favorite. Gowanus Lounge was also there-- add yours in the comments and we'll make a link list tomorrow.]

Did you go? What did you think of this year's festivites?