As a low-key Martha Stewart worshipper, I love finding excuses to celebrate things. It’s your neighbor’s cousin’s dog’s birthday? Party time! The one-year anniversary of surviving the first mouse in your New York City apartment? I’ll start firing up the grill! One of my favorite random celebrations is The Mermaid Parade, an annual tradition that honors the artistic community of New York City with whimsical art and entertainment—and of course, lots of mermaids. Basically, it’s the one day of the year when we can all suspend reality and fulfill our lifelong dreams of being sea creatures and sirens (just me? I doubt it…).
This coming Saturday marks the 32nd anniversary of the event, and you can bet that I’m counting down the hours and minutes until nautical creatures begin to descend upon the streets of Brooklyn. Until then, there are plenty of ways to channel your inner mermaid both this weekend and well into the summer. Click through the above slideshow to shop some of the most mermaid-worthy accessories out there!