The most fun time I had last year was at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. The event was fabulous. Hundreds of well-costumed paraders march in a revelry of Summer delight. My friends Jamie and Nicole introduced me to the parade and I vowed to return this year.
The 2012 Parade is next week (Saturday, June 23rd). I'll be there with my camera. If you're anywhere near New York, you definitely should make the effort to attend this. It was the best public event I've been to ever.