Provincetown’s carnival began in 1978 as a fundraiser for the brand-new Provincetown Business Guild, which was seeking to make the town more of an LGBT vacation destination.

We love themes here in Ptown, and so The first theme was A Night in Rio, and since then themes have included (to name a few!)

Puttin’ On the Glitz

Broadway Musicals

Myths & Legends

TV Sitcoms


Fanta Sea

Heroes & Villains

Gay Paree

Fairy Tales

Jungle Fantasy

Peace, Love, and Go-Go Boots

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