provincetown pride
provincetown pride

Provincetown Is Hosting Its First-Ever LGBTQ Pride Celebration Starting Today

Provincetown — one of the most LGBT-friendly destinations in the United States, located on the very tip of Cape Cod — is hosting its first-ever Pride celebration this weekend. Provincetown Pride takes place June 1–3 and is the first annual celebration featuring one of the world’s most exciting, eclectic LGBTQ communities.

Provincetown Pride will celebrate the city’s LGBTQ history, legacy and the stories of those who made P-Town one of the most recognized LGBTQ destinations in the world. The event includes the first installation of the world-traveled Global Rainbow Project at its first Pride celebration, the opening of the new Provincetown LGBTQ Shack, numerous dance and costume parties and a “landmark events in Provincetown history” window exhibit.

provincetown pride
Provincetown at Carnival

“As a vibrant LGBTQ community, The Guild felt it was most important to preserve, honor and commemorate all that our community has endured and achieved in the place we call home,” says Robin Lapidus, executive director of the Provincetown Business Guild. “Because we are an iconic, award-winning LGBTQ destination, most people think of Provincetown as celebrating Pride all year long, but we felt strongly that we needed an official Pride celebration to ensure we are a beacon of inspiration and a welcoming destination for all LGBTQ people worldwide, especially for younger generations.”

The Global Rainbow Project is a large-scale public light installation created by International artist Yvette Mattern, and it’s the centerpiece of Provincetown Pride. It features colored rays of laser light projected upwards toward the sky, simulating a natural rainbow arc. The rainbow light will be visible for up to 20 miles.

provincetown pride 2

“We can now celebrate our own brand of Provincetown Pride in June, the month when Pride celebrations take place across the world,” says Fred Latasa, board president of the Provincetown Business Guild. “Provincetown is the original place to be yourself, and the perfect place for residents, business owners and visitors to stand together, honor the ideals of freedom, democracy and equality, ensure our LGBTQ history is not forgotten and have a great time doing it!”

Provincetown Pride kicks off Friday, June 1, with the official Pride Ferry making two trips from Boston. All access passes are $85 each and include entrance to all Pride weekend events, an official Pride T-shirt, a lantern making kit and swag bag. All-access passes plus roundtrip transportation on the Pride ferry are $180 each.

Provincetown Pride weekend events include:

Friday, June 1

  • Global Rainbow Laser Art Installation, 8 p.m.
  • Official Pride Kickoff Party, 10 p.m.–1 a.m.

Saturday, June 2

  • Pride Festival, Noon–3 p.m.
    • Farmers Market
    • Music
    • Local food vendors
    • Let Your Love Light Shine: lantern making and decorating
    • Author readings and guest speakers
  • LGBTQ Shack Opening: flag raising and ribbon cutting, 3–4 p.m.
  • Highly unofficial First Pride sashay, stroll and march to Boatslip Tea, 3:45 p.m.
  • Global Rainbow Laser Art Installation, 8 p.m.
  • Under the Rainbow dance party, 8–11 p.m.
  • Official Pride dance party, 10 p.m.–1 a.m.

Sunday, June 3

  • Drag Poppins brunch at local restaurants, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Underwear PRIDE Pants and Panties Closing Party, 10 p.m.–1 a.m.

 

For the full Provincetown Pride schedule and to buy tickets, head here.