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Provincetown Carnival Parade; How Sweet It Was – Slideshow

Written by Brian Tarcy

PROVINCETOWN – There were sugar daddies and jolly ranchers. There was hard candy. And licking was encouraged. Provincetown Carnival 2015, with a theme of Candyland, was full of double entendres and lots of sugar.

Provincetown Carnival 2015; the theme was "Candyland"

Provincetown Carnival 2015; the theme was “Candyland”

The enormous crowd, in some places as thick as Times Square on New Year’s Eve, were tossed beads and candy and presented a visual feast of all sorts of humans dressed as all kinds of candy.

Much of the crowd was as into the theme of Candyland as the parade participants, sometimes making it difficult to differentiate between the two.

This year’s Cape Cod Wave favorite was the Lollipop Guild, who were very cool yet bordering on creepy – just perfect.

While the parade itself is the central highlight of the event, the pre-parade and post-parade street scene on Commercial Street, is our favorite part of Carnival. Nothing quite compares to the normalcy exuded by folks casually going about their day dressed from head to toe as candy.

The weather was perfect. The day was sweet.


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

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— Brian Tarcy

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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