Savannah Pride hosts two special events each year — their annual Halloween Party and now the Tybee Island Mermaid Festival.

“These are two events that give an opportunity for people to come as they are and be their authentic true selves and not be concerned with what anyone thinks,” said Savannah Pride Executive Director Dusty Church. “They get to live the life they dream about whether it’s life as a mermaid or firefighter or whatever. They get to live out their dreams even just for a day and feel inspired when they leave.”

So, if you’re ready to live your best mermaid or merman life, look to the second annual Tybee Island Mermaid Festival on May 3 to 5.

The weekend kicks off on Friday with happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. at CoCo’s Sunset Grille, featuring complimentary eats and special cocktails.

You can also pick up the bar card to the mermaid-themed Tybrisa Twirl Pub Crawl for Saturday’s festivities. Order them online ahead or get them at Fannie’s when you check in. The pub crawl is from 2 to 7 p.m. and starts and ends at Fannie’s on the Beach. Local Coastal Empire Beer Co. is a partner. Stops along the crawl include Tybee Time, Doc's, Bernie’s, Wind Rose, Rock House and Sand Bar. You can win prizes like a booze basket from Absolut and Malibu, Pride gear, and VIP passes for two to Savannah PRIDE or a two-night stay at the beach from Tybee Vacation Rentals.

Later that evening, Huc-A-Poos hosts the after-party at 8 p.m. The event features free admission and a fun drag show.

Sunday morning wraps up the weekend with the Pier Party and Tea Dance from noo to 5 p.m. Admission is free and the party features live music with DJ C-rock and costume contests.

Church said the best way for guests to take advantage of the full weekend of events is to plan to stay on the island.

“We have partnered with Tybee Vacation Rentals and they have some great places to stay,” Church said.

While Church says the weekend is a great way to connect with new friends and just be yourself, he adds that the event is also a way for our LGBTQIA+ friends to continue their mission to advocate for their own space in the community.

“This also gives us the opportunity to offer local businesses a chance to partner with us so we can engage in a conversation, have visibility and show the economic impact we can have on a community,” Church said. “These businesses get to show that we support you, welcome you and we want to bring you into our doors."