First Provincetown Pride4 min read

Provincetown Pride—You Never Forget Your First

Provincetown Pride

The Provincetown Business Guild, one of the largest and oldest LGBTQ tourism organizations in the country, presents Provincetown Pride, June 1–3, 2018, the first annual celebration of America’s most thriving LGBTQ community. Pride will commemorate and celebrate Provincetown’s LGBTQ history, legacy and the stories of the people that have made Provincetown one of the most recognized LGBTQ destinations in the world. The event includes the first installation of the world-travelled Global Rainbow Project at its first Pride event, the opening of the new Provincetown LGBTQ Shack, numerous dance and costume parties and a “landmark events in Provincetown history” window exhibit.

Commercial Street in Provincetown is the Main Drag | Taken July 4th Weekend

“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,” stated 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 that we are a beacon of inspiration and a welcoming destination for all LGBTQ people world-wide, especially for younger generations.”


The centerpiece of Provincetown Pride will be the Global Rainbow, a large-scale public art light installation created by International artist Yvette Mattern. Colored rays of laser light are projected toward the sky, simulating a natural rainbow arc. The rainbow light will be visible for up to 20 miles. Mattern has installed the Global Rainbow in select cities across the globe, and is thrilled that Provincetown will be the setting for the Global Rainbow’s first exhibition at an LGBTQ Pride event. There will be two chances to see this rainbow light envelop Provincetown: Friday and Saturday nights, June 1st and 2nd.

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“We can now celebrate our own brand of ‘Provincetown Pride’ in June, the month when Pride celebrations take place across the world,” said 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!”

The first Pride Weekend will also commemorate the opening of a new LGBTQ Center, “The Shack,” created to promote a healthy environment for all and foster diversity within the Provincetown community. The Shack will host talks and exhibitions to showcase and celebrate the lives and experiences of Provincetown’s LGBTQ community, provide resources, support and referrals, informing and enriching people and providing connections.

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“We are very excited to create this unique experience for visitors and residents,” said Michael Kelley, Guild board member and chair of the Shack’s opening. “The Shack will become an asset, enhancing our position in the LGBTQ community around the world. We hope to inspire a new generation of leaders in Provincetown to strengthen the LGBTQ movement locally and globally while educating the public about issues and policy initiatives, and working with leaders to promote equality and justice for LGBTQ people.”

Provincetown Pride kicks off on Friday, June 1, with the official Pride Ferry making two trips from Boston to Provincetown. 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.
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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 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Highly unofficial 1st 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 p.m. – 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.

All access passes are $85 each and include entrance to all Pride weekend events, an official Pride t-shirt, lantern making kit and swag bag. All access passes plus roundtrip transportation on the Pride ferry are $180 each. Tickets available at the door for all dance parties. A portion of all ticket proceeds to benefit the LGBTQ Shack. For the full Pride schedule and to buy tickets, visit https://www.ptown.org/pride/

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