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 participant's mastery of seaside mythology and wearable art. The procession starts at 1:00p, moving east along Surf Avenue from West 21st Street; it turns south on West 10th Street and then heads back west on the boardwalk, ending in front of Steeplechase Plaza. It draws hundreds of thousands of people, so get there early to snag a prime viewing spot. There is a registration fee to march, but watching the parade is free.