The Provincetown Business Guild (PBG) celebrated the 42nd annual Carnival last year on August 15–21. The event was themed Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and featured outdoor entertainment, gallery strolls, costume parties, and more, all honoring Provincetown’s creative legacy and history as a unique and welcoming destination as well as a haven for the LGBTQ+ community.
Carnival kicked off with the Official Carnival Flag raising ceremony outdoors at The Pilgrim Monument, the tallest all granite structure in the US. Later that evening, opening day continued with the Opening Night Costume Party: Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are, featuring a costume contest, dazzling Provincetown icons, and cash prizes.
Last year, the PBG launched Express Yourself Days, a new way to celebrate each summer’s theme weeks. This pre-determined day encouraged visitors to convey their individuality and dress up in colorful, creative ways. Entertainment, gallery strolls, a drag dance party and a special Carnival whale watch rounded out last year’s Carnival schedule.
The Provincetown Business Guild is a not-for-profit organization promoting and supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer business community in Provincetown, MA. The Guild is committed to improving the Provincetown community by advocating for the acceptance of diversity and for tolerance through projects, programs, and education. The Guild welcomes residents and visitors to experience America’s first LGBTQ tourist destination. For more information about the Provincetown Business Guild, visit www.ptown.org.
Want to learn more about P-town Carnival 2022? Then visit the official website at ptown.org/calendars/carnival/ to get all the information you need to know on events, celebs, transportation, and more.
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Friday, August 13 • Friday Evening Gallery Stroll Opening and Closing times vary Galleries located throughout town For locations: ptown.org/shop/galleries
Sunday, August 15 • Official Carnival Flag Raising Ceremony 10 am Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum 1 High Pole Road Free admission • Opening Party: You’re Not in Kansas Anymore with DJ Edil Hernandez Sunset Cruise *Sold Out* Opening Night Costume Party: Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are 9 pm-close Paramount at Crown & Anchor 247 Commercial Street 30 cover benefits the Provincetown Business Guild
Monday, August 16 • Carnival kickoff at Shipwreck 8 pm 10 Carver Street Admission free/donations benefit Provincetown Business Guild • Gesellschaft presents Tornado 10:30 pm-close Red Room at Velvet 258 Commercial Come jam at a style, glam, and drag dance party. Join Janet Jorgulesco and the House of La Rue at GESELLSCHAFT No cover/donations benefit Provincetown Business Guild
Tuesday, August 17 • RAINBOW Dance Party 10pm-close A-House 4-6 Masonic Place $20 cover benefits Provincetown Business Guild & AIDS Support Group
Wednesday, August 18 • Carnival Whale Watch 9:30 am Dolphin Fleet Macmillan Pier Call 800-826-9300 in advance for $5 off and reference Carnival Whale Watch • Provincetown Follies at Boatslip The Gayest Show & Party in town 9pm - 11:30pm Boatslip Resort 161 Commercial Street $20 cover benefits Provincetown Business Guild • Red Room presents Ruby Red Slippers 10:30 pm-close Red Room at Velvet 258 Commercial Street $10 cover benefits Provincetown Business Guild
Thursday, August 19 • Express Yourself Day All day throughout Provincetown • Express Your Queer Self Come as you are, or dress in a harness, speedo, singlet, kaftan, heels, or in accordance with this year’s theme: Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Ty Sunderland Presents Love Prism Carnival Dance Party 7 pm-Midnight Dance with DJ Ty Sunderland, sponsored by PAX Provincetown Town Hall 260 Commercial Street Admission is free with a ticket
Friday, August 20 • Friday Evening Gallery Stroll Opening and Closing times vary Galleries located throughout town For locations: ptown.org/shop/galleries • Official Closing Party: There’s No Place Like Home 10pm-close Crown & Anchor 247 Commercial Street $30 cover (at the door) benefits Provincetown Business Guild • Carnival Headquarters The Firehouse 256 Commercial Street Open daily beginning August 15, Tickets, t-shirts, posters, beads, and other party supplies available for purchase.