There's nothing quite like Coney Island's annual parade of quirky mermaids and sea creatures, antique cars, floats and performers. The pageant, founded in 1983, displays participants' mastery of mythology and wearable art. (You'd be hard-pressed to find a similar event in any other NYC neighborhood.) The procession moves east from Surf Avenue and West 21st Street, turns south on West 10th Street, then heads back west on the boardwalk, ending in front of MCU Park. The parade draws hundreds of thousands of people, so get there early to snag a prime viewing spot. After the colorful characters have made their way around—led, of course, by the celebrity king and queen (Judah Friedlander and Carole Radziwill, respectively, last year)—there's still plenty to explore nearby. Check out our guide to Coney Island for other ways to experience the amusement district. For more information, visit coneyisland.com.