The Ptown Carnival Parade is pinnacle of the 2018 Carnival week!
When: Thu, August 16, 2018
Theme: Mardis Gras by the Sea!
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Starts at the Harbor Hotel and continues down Commercial St, through the town center, to the corner of Franklin St in the West End. | See Parade Route
Interested in participating?
See the Parade Registration page for complete details.
The Parade draws one of the largest crowds for an event on the Cape. so arrive in Ptown early that day to get a parking space. We’ve got a page devoted to finding parking in Ptown – check it out. Also
If you’re traveling from the Boston area, we recommend taking the Fast Ferry – 90 minutes each way. Traffic will be extremely heavy because the road from Wellfleet to Ptown is a two-lane road. Ferries: Bay State Cruises or Boston Harbor Cruises.
Ptown Carnival Parade Registration
The PBG welcomes and encourages individuals, groups, and creative floats to enter as participants in the parade. Come celebrate summer in Ptown!
Entry Categories and Fees
Here are the participant entry categories and registration fees for 2017. We’ll update 2018 fees once the PBG announces the costs.
- Large Float: Large truck, Long trailer, Bus, Multi-unit | Fee: $100.00
- Small Float: Pick-up truck, Car, Motorcycle, Motorized vehicles | Fee: $75.00
- Self-Propelled: Unicycles, Bikes, Trikes, Recumbent bikes, Pedi-cabs, Rollerblades, Skateboards, Pull-carts (1 registration per group) | Fee: $50.00
- Walking Entry: Marching Unit, Group, Individual (1 registration per group) | Fee: $25.00
How to Register for the Carnival Parade
Online: Online parade registration will open in June 2018.
NOTE: Registered participants and vehicles must be in line at the Harbor Hotel by 1 pm on the day of the parade, Thursday, 8/16/18. Harbor Lounge, 359 Commercial St | Directions