Provincetown Carnival 2017

Provincetown Carnival 2017

Carnival 2017 Details

  • When: Sat, August 12 – Fri, August 18, 2017
  • Where: All over Provincetown!
  • Carnival 2017 Theme: God’s and Goddesses. Get some costume ideas!

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Provincetown Carnival

What is Provincetown Carnival Week?

Provincetown Carnival is a weeklong celebration of LGBTQ life–parties, art fairs, a costume ball, and more–and culminates in the Carnival Parade. While the year-round population of Provincetown tops out at 3,000 people, the Carnival Parade attracts nearly 90,000 visitors annually.

Carnival Themes

Each year, the Carnival theme sets the stage for the week’s fun. Participants dress in theme-related costumes all week, but they really go all out for the parade. Residents and guest houses decorate their yards and house fronts to match the theme.

The 2017 theme is God’s and Goddesses. Get some costume ideas!

2017 Carnival Week Events

The week itself is an event, but some of the special events include:

  • Boat Cruise
  • Pool Party
  • Drag Bingo
  • Costume Ball
  • Nightly Dance Parties

It’s still early but here are a few of the events that have been announced. You can also check out the 2016 schedule.

Margaret Cho Live

  • When: Sat, 8/12/17 at 8 pm
  • Where: Provincetown Town Hall, 254 Commercial St |  Map
  • Cost: $60 – $120 | Buy Tickets

Poseidon’s Pool Party

  • When: Mon, 8/14, 2 – 5 pm
  • Where: Brass Key Guesthouse, 67 Bradford St | Map
  • Cost: Early bird tickets: $25.00 On Sale soon! After 8/1 and at the door: $35.00

Carnival Parade

Join the thousands of people who line the street, cheering and enjoying the fun–music, candy and necklaces thrown from floats, and wild costumes. At the end of the parade, next year’s Carnival 2018 theme is announced. 

  • When: Thursday, 8/17/17
  • Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Harbor Hotel (East End) through the town to Franklin St (West End)

Need costume inspiration? Check out our Carnival 2017 Costume Inspiration page for some ideas!

Participate in the parade

Yes you can participate in the Carnival Parade – and you can win cash prizes! It only costs $25 to enter the parade as a walker, and $100 to enter as a large float. The Carnival Parade welcomes all type of floats – large, small, self-propelled or walking. Stay tuned for information on how to enter the Provincetown Carnival 2017 Parade.


Carnival week is the busiest week of the summer. If you plan to come for more than a day, make reservations as soon as possible. Most guest houses and rentals require a one-week stay.

Check out our list of guest houses to help you narrow the art of town you want to stay in.

Then you can see availability at’s list of guest houses.

Read more about Carnival

Carnival 2016 Photos

PTown Carnival
Carnival Parade 2016
Ptown Carnival Parade