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Provincetown Carnival Parade 2016: Back To The 1980s – Slideshow

Provincetown Carnival 2016
Written by Brian Tarcy

PROVINCETOWN  – The Provincetown Carnival Parade was Ferris Bueller’s day off. He watched MTV, hung out with Princess Diana, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Elvira, and more Richard Simmons than you can shake a Jane Fonda exercise video at – yes, the parade’s theme was back to the 1980s.

While the crowd on Commercial Street was large, it was noticeably smaller than in recent years.

But the enthusiasm and overall goodwill was, as always, present from well before the parade, all the way through the main event, and still going strong after the event when we think we saw some of the Love Boat crew talking to Devo.

It was a parade full of pop culture references.

One note: We are glad that next year’s theme is Gods & Goddesses. Having lived through the 1980s ourselves, we found this year’s parade to be too much of a reminder just how vapid that period was.

We liked the suggestion of one parade goer, who loved the 1880s. That’s would be interesting as a theme. Or if Carnival can have this much fun with the 1980s, imagine a parade in Provincetown conjuring the distant future.

But Gods & Goddesses: we’re thinking the partying on Mount Olympus was nothing compared with Provincetown. As Cindi Lauper said, “Girls just wanna have fun!”

Finally, while Ferris Bueller and many others had the day off, the folks that were still working hard long after the parade were those picking up trash. And kudos also to the police who didn’t get the day off either. They were pretty awesome. It’s always cool to see a community and the police get along so well.


See also 2015 Provincetown Carnival Parade – How Sweet It Was 

See also 2014 Provincetown Carnival – The Villains Lost, We Hope

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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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