Mermaid Parade: Brooklyn, New York
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You may not be able to Shoot the Freak anymore, but Coney Island is bouncing back post-Sandy, and the annual Mermaid Parade is still the place for locals to let their weird show. The mostly nude, partially aquatic women that give the parade its name strut down Surf Avenue every June, but the best place to take in the action is from the judge's platform. Rather than consider "qualifications," the organizers let anybody willing to plunk down $150 choose the parade's prize-winners. Bribery is encouraged.