One of the things that Monterey, Ca. is known for is the biological diversity in Monterey Bay. I have always thought that the "pools " along the parade route by the Pacific Wharf (themed to Monterey's Cannery Row) has needed some animal life (besides ducks and seagulls). Ideally, you could have real sea otters, seals, sea lions, porpoises, and all sorts of fish in those pools. Access to "below ground-level" to provide aquarium-like viewing (Monterey Bay Aquarium-like).
I realize that real animals might be unduly stressed by the noise and lights of WOC and parades, so maybe some realistic animatronic sea life would suffice. Just nothing from "The Little Mermaid", she already has plenty of representation in the park.
You could have a shark like USH (periodically jumping up to gnash at the fishnet hanging over the water), or some playful otters swimming around, or floating on their backs cracking open a mollusk.
I blame Paul Pressler for these things not getting built when they first tore up the old parking lot.