|Portuguese flags and dancers in native costumes will be seen on PTown streets|
during our 2017 Portuguese Festival and the 70th Annual Blessing of the Fleet.
|Squid stew with a crust of bread and oyster crackers goes great with a|
sandwich of grilled linguica and a bit of mustard on a fresh Portuguese roll.
There will be a band concert in front of Town Hall, as well as a concert of Fado music inside. We’ll have a parade on Commercial Street, along with the procession from St. Peter the Apostle Church to MacMillan Pier on Sunday for the Blessing of the Fleet, featuring marchers carrying banners honoring our local fishing vessels, both past and present.
|In the 1960s,Provincwtown had a few hundred kids in school, and no shortage|
of young Catholic boys to make a lengthy procession from the church to the
pier for the Blessing of the Fleet, which was also much larger in those days.
|This postcard of the Blessing of the Fleet dates to about the 1940s.|
|Giant puppets are likely to turn up around town.|
The Fado concert and band concerts are always excellent. I hope to get to the lobster bake as well, and the food courts at the Bas Relief, behind Town Hall, and the Tasca cafe set up at the end of the pier.
Dancers in elaborate, traditional costumes will perform at Portuguese Square, on the pier, and will appear in the parade as well. Don't miss the chance to enjoy this splendid bit of Portuguese heritage.
Get out and enjoy this wonderful time in Provincetown, celebrating the fishermen and other Portuguese settlers who brought their beautiful culture to this little New England fishing village.
Check out the full schedule of events for the 2017 festival and 70th Annual Blessing of the Fleet, below. I’ll update it if I find out new info about events slated for the Surf Club, which was damaged in the Memorial Day fire.