When it comes to gay destinations in the USA, Provincetown is a front-runner. Throughout the 20th century, this coastal town of Massachusetts began to attract various artists, writers, actors, and poets thanks to its liberal attitude towards individuality and freedom of expression. Naturally members of the LGBTQ community followed suit in the 1960s, making Provicetown the gay hotspot we know today.
Despite its popularity among the gay community, Ptown only celebrated its first pride in 2018. However, its presence was well and truly embraced by locals and visitors alike, making us confident that this colorful celebration will be around for a long time. During Ptown Pride, the entire town comes alive with pride-related events, parties, and discussions. Usually taking place over the course of a weekend in June, Provincetown Gay Pride includes everything from a Stonewall Stroll through the city streets (the local equivalent of a Pride Parade), pride cruises, and drag nights.
A community already well known to celebrate Pride, Provincetown Pride is the perfect annual genuflection to the local LGBTQ community. Events transpire throughout all of Provincetown, with local businesses joining in on all the fun. Organized by the Provincetown Business Guild, members wanted to create a significant moment in the year when Pride could be globally celebrated, just as every other day in Provincetown. The aim is to support and strengthen the LGBTQ movement on both a local and global scale, all the while bringing to light local issues that are relevant to the community. Sold yet? We sure are! We'll see you at Ptown Pride for some weekend fun!
The following is the event program for 2020. Stay tuned for the 2021 program.
Bear in mind that this is the event program for 2019. Stay tuned for the 2020 program for Provincetown Pride, coming soon. 2019 marks the 2nd Provincetown Pride, with everything kicking off on the Friday night with a Pride Boat Cruise from Boston to Ptown. Honoring 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising, Ptown Pride will be organizing the Stonewall Stroll on the Friday and Saturday, where a series of posters representing the Stonewall Uprising of 1969 will be displayed throughout Provincetown. Travel through the streets and observe the posters, taking a step back in time.
Along with the Pride Boat Cruise and the Stonewall Stroll, there will also be a Pride Dance Party will be held on the Saturday evening at A-House. To wrap all the celebrations up, an incredible Underwear Party will be illuminating Purgatory Club on the Sunday evening.
Over the course of Ptown Pride, there will be an incredible rainbow light installation cast over Provincetown Harbor each evening, brought to the city by international artist, Yvette Mattern.
During Pride, Ptown really turns the heat up, so you can also look forward to a tea dance and several cultural events held in various venues throughout the town. So what's stopping you? It's time to experience your pride in charming Provincetown.