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Notes from Lands End

Party Planning Provincetown Style

February 8th, 2014

The falling snow makes me yearn for a warm sunny day in Provincetown. I close my eyes and remember walks at Hatches Harbor, sunning at Herring Cove, but most of all, the parties that are a true celebration of diversity and the magical spirit of Lands End.

Carnival 2014’s theme: Comic Book Capers! Let’s guess. How many Wonder Women do you think we’ll see?

Mark your calendar and plan to come for Provincetown’s biggest parties Memorial Day to Labor Day 2014.

May 23-26 Memorial Day aka Baby Dyke Weekend: A word-of-mouth force of young women bring their tribe to take over the hotels, don baseball caps, carrying red cups of refreshment and whoo-hooo!-ing down Commercial Street. They join boaters, day trippers and locals in a three day party to mark the beginning of summer.

June 26–29 The Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet: A remarkable tribute to Provincetown’s cultural heritage, this is a weekend filled with song, a lovely parade, delicious food, dancing on Ryder Street and ends with the long-time tradition of the Sunday Fisherman’s Mass and the Blessing of the Fleet. A wonderful time will be had by all.

July 2-6 4th of July aka Circuit Boy Weekend: Well-toned bodies and a high profile career mark this holiday as men dance, sun bathe and oh my(!) if those dunes could talk. A Fourth of July parade (11am East End) fills the air with the sounds of brass while candy flies through the air from fire trucks and floats. At dusk on the Bayside, fireworks delight the massive throngs of people who come to celebrate independence every year.

July 12-20 Bear Week This honey infused festival of 8,000 portly, hirsute men and their slim, hairless otter friends descend upon 02657 to forage, drink and lay about in the sun. Provincetown Bears, would you make Goldilock’s t-shirts again? Please? One million men strong, the bear culture is a very generous crowd, with its own magazines and movies. Fascinating, Spock would say.

July 23-26 Girl Splash: Party Planner/Activist http://www.girl-splash.com/about-girl-power/ Lynnette Molnar does it again with a thirty-something all-women’s version of Beach Blanket Bingo. Ladies meet up, break up, and thrill straight men and lesbians alike with kissing on the streets and wearing skimpy bikinis. This is a very good week to go on a bar crawl, with effusive bachelorette parties floating up and down Commercial Street.

July 26-August 2 Family Week: LGBT families honor the beautiful and daunting task of raising children with a week all the outdoor activities that kids (and parents) could want. The weather is almost always warm and sunny. Camp Lightbulb supports Family Week by creating wonderful events like “flash singalong.”

August 16-22 Carnival Week: Voted the top Festival on Cape Cod by me and other fun aficionados, The Carnival Parade August 21st at 3PM (Snail Road going West) will be thrilling. A week before the big day, you can hear the sounds of saws, hammers and sewing machines making costumes and floats throughout town. The parade takes a few hours to wind through crowds reaching up to the beautiful dancers who throw beads between gyrations.

Carnival 2014’s theme: Comic Book Capers! Let’s guess. How many Wonder Women do you think we’ll see?

September 1 Labor Day: Provincetown’s reality shifts in four unique ways Labor Day weekend. 1. Townie Summer begins. 2. September is rich with weekend events. 3. There is a lovely chill in the night air. 4. A changing light begins with a luminescence on the water at sunset. Breathtaking!

See the complete listing of the 2014 Provincetown Events on our CALENDAR. It’s going to be a fabulous summer!

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