The Boston Beach Parties were created by several Boston cosplayers who wanted to host social cosplay gatherings outside of conventions. The beach parties feature picnic food, fun games, and of course swimsuit costumes designed by the guests.
The 2007 Boston Cosplay Beach Party had succeeded far beyond the organizers’ expectations, and it was assumed that planning for the 2008 event would go just as smoothly. Unfortunately, however, conflicting summer schedules among some of the party’s creators were unable to be resolved as summer approached. Instead of compromising on a date which worked for the majority, the party was split down the middle, with some attendees showing up to celebrate in mid-August, and others choosing to attend a second event in early September. Some couldn’t navigate the ever-shifting dates and arrangements and simply chose to forgo attending altogether. Attendance dwindled at both parties, and most found the entire situation so discouraging that no one attempted to revive the event the following summer. As a result, 2008 marked the end of the Boston Cosplay Beach Party.
Being one of the party attendees who could not make the August date for the event, I attended Boston Beach Party Part II the first weekend in September. The remnants of Hurricane Hanna battered Revere Beach just outside of Boston on the day before the gathering, but Sunday dawned warm and cloud-free and turned out to be a perfect beach day. Though I'd worn my Rinoa Heartilly swimsuit to the gathering for the past two years, this time I decided to do something different. Red XIII was my favorite character from Final Fantasy VII, and while I never planned on making a mascot costume to cosplay the red lion-like creature, I could manage a humanized swimsuit version. Starlightslk decided to join me wearing a swimsuit version of Tifa Lockheart, and we had fun designing our costumes and taking lots of photos together.
Also joining us for our mini beach party were Sephygoth dressed as Axl Low from Guilty Gear and Gale as Misa from Death Note. Mesoian, PatrickD, and Crazy Flower also showed up to the event, and one of Sephygoth’s friends served as our photographer. He got some fantastic shots of everyone, which I received in the mail on DVD after the event, complete with a little drawing of myself as Red XIII courtesy of Sephy. So cute! We had fun eating snacks and hitting around beach balls, and someone brought an inflatable monkey with a palm tree which got involved in some funny shenanigans. We also entertained ourselves with the boys all trying to fit on a raft and failing miserably to hilarious results.
The beach was pretty deserted since Labor Day had come and gone, but we had some issues with several creepy people who were attempting to get cellphone photos of Starlightslk and I in our outfits and who kept hanging around harassing the boys. Sephy and Mesoian chased them off, but it was interesting that after several years of attending the party without issue, the year that we are a small group we get flak from passerby. We must have been less intimidating or seemed to make less sense without the larger context of a large group. After spending the entire afternoon on the sand, we walked along the boardwalk and grabbed a great dinner from a seafood stand and hung out until dark. Although it was a small group, it was a great bunch of friends, and we all had a fantastic time.