The team that entered the float "Seaweed Surprise" in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade consisted of Ellie May Pike and her brother (she is on the left in the picture).
Their float was a poor entry, just a truck covered with seaweed. They never won, so they were accused of stealing the trophy with one of them playing the Coney Island Kelp. A member of the Oceanic Splendor team said she saw Ellie May loitering near the safe where the trophy was kept. Ellie and her brother were innocent; they were only guilty of trying.