Coney a go-go! Pick the winner of this year’s burlesque beauty pageant

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Are you ready to pick the new Miss Coney Island?

The honky-tonk community’s annual “Burlesque Beauty Pageant,” will be the normal amalgam of sex, freakishness, variety, costumes and concupiscence — and this year, the audience gets to decide the winner after watching the standard evening gown, talent, and swimsuit demonstrations.

Ten contestants will compete for the coveted crown on Sept. 16, all personally hand-picked by organizer Bambi the Mermaid.

“This is the cream of the crop of the burlesque community,” she said.

No less an authority on sexiness, fellow Coney Island beauty queen, Miss Cyclone Angie Potani, looks forward to the showcase.

“The competition is very stiff every year, it’s so much fun, the girls really get into it and come up with routines that represent Coney Island,” said Pontani, who will be participating only from the bleachers. The costumes are tributes to Coney Island, with scantily clad women in costumes like Nathan’s Hot Dog or the Wonder Wheel. Last year’s Lefty Lucy, won with a robotic theme and a diorama of Luna Park as a headdress.

Contest rules bar her from defending her crown.

For now, that leaves Brooklyn Babydoll as the front-runner.

“She has a huge following in Bensonhurst,” said Bambi. “She’s a standout; the buzz I’ve been hearing has been leaning towards her.”

Miss Coney Island Burlesque Beauty Pageant at Sideshows at the Seashore [1208 Surf Ave. between Stillwell Avenue and W. 12th Street in Coney Island, (718) 372-5159], Sept. 16 at 10 pm. Tickets, $15. For info, visit

Updated 12:52 pm, September 13, 2011: An earlier version of this story had the wrong date. It is Friday, Sept. 16. Jesus.
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liz from Flatbush says:
The pageant is this Friday, Sept. 16th, not 17th.
Sept. 13, 2011, 11:20 am
Lefty Lucy from Coney Island says:
The event is actually on Friday, September 16th! See you there!!!
Sept. 13, 2011, 11:24 am

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