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Provincetown Carnival 2017, Gods & Goddesses – Slideshow

Provincetown Carnival 2017
Written by Brian Tarcy


PROVINCETOWN – Until the Provincetown Carnival Parade starts, it is impossible to know if the Provincetown Carnival Parade has started.

People are walking in every direction wearing costumes. Groups of people wearing the same or similar costumes stop and sing or dance or somehow perform, and then seemingly march on.

It has been like that every year since Cape Cod Wave has attended. (See our previous Carnival stories). But this year, with the theme of Gods and Goddesses, it was especially true. The whole street for a whole day seemed to be a parade.

And then the parade started.

Another confusing thing about the Carnival is trying to figure out who is in the audience and who is in the parade. Everyone in the audience appeared to either be a god or a goddess. Many dressed the part, others just had that aura.

It many ways, the audience and those in the parade were one and the same, a party on Commercial Street with thousands of seemingly the happiest people on Earth.

In a time when people marching in the street can mean so many things, the Provincetown Carnival Parade on Thursday at the height of Cape Cod summer was a joyfully positive statement showing that everyone, in their own way (and there were many ways), is a god or goddess.

When the parade ended, the restaurants filled up with various gods and goddesses and various other characters still in full Carnival costumes eating and drinking and dancing.

They were also dancing in the street.  See Video below:

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About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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Brian is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan with a long-running NFL predictions/political satire column connecting weekly world events to the fate of his favorite team, now at

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