FESTIVAL CONTINUES TO SHARE THE HERITAGE
Provincetown Portuguese Festival Celebration 2023

June 22 - June 25, 2023

To Our Community:

The Blessing and Festival is now at a critical point, and the Committee is concerned about the viability of continuing to host many of the favorite events. We have several long-term leaders that have found it necessary to reduce their responsibilities with the Festival and Blessing.

The committee feels that without the introduction of new Team Leaders, the town-wide, community-oriented events will be in jeopardy.

We are sincerely hoping that within your organization there may be persons who would consider leading select events for 2023. Our hope is to have new volunteers in place before the end of 2022 in order to plan the events for June 2023.

The new leaders can count on the support and mentorship of those who have managed these events in the past.

Please email provincetownportuguesefestival@gmail.com with any questions or suggestions or for direct contact, please contact Charlie Souza @508.274.3072.suggestions

Thank you for considering joining the Festival Committee in continuing the tradition of Sharing the Heritage!
Regards,
Provincetown Blessing and Portuguese Festival Committee


Susan Avellar
Frances Coco
Liliana DeSousa
Beverly Ferreira
Maureen Joseph Hurst
Chris King
Lisa King
Jill Lambrou
Susan Leonard
Carol LaDuke


David Mayo
Tim McNulty
Don Murphy
Michela Murphy
Mike Potenza
Shannon Sawyer
Nancy Silva
Paul Silva
Charley Souza
Rich Waldo


The Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet

Provincetown welcomes people from around the world who come to celebrate Portuguese culture and our proud seafaring heritage at the annual Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet.

The Festival is four days of live music, dancing, parades, incredible food, games and more. With over 20 events and activities with many of them free, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Festival Weekend is capped off with The Blessing of The Fleet. After a procession through town, boats decked out in their finest parade past the Bishop and receive their Blessing for a safe & prosperous year.

Provincetwon Portuguese Festival Logo

People come from around the world come to celebrate Portuguese heritage and culture at the annual Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet.

The annual Festival is four days of live music, dancing, parades, incredible food, games and more. With over 30 mostly free activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Festival Weekend is capped off with The Blessing of The Fleet where boats decked out in their finest line up to receive the blessing for a safe & prosperous year. We invite you to join us June 22 - June 25, 2023 and share the heritage!

Here's the fun we had in 2022

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2022

12:00pm - 4:00pm
Red Inn Event with treasured Provincetown Artist Salvatore Del Deo


THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2022

5:00pm - 10:00pm
Seamen’s Bank Opening Night at the Provincetown Inn


FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2022

10 AM - 4 PM
Local Crafts Fair in Portuguese Square on Ryder Street

12 - 2 PM
Fishing Derby at MacMillan Pier

12 - 3 PM
Soup Tasting at the Bas Relief Park, 106 Bradford Street

12 - 5 PM
Face Painting in Portuguese Square on Ryder Street

2 - 4 PM
Portuguese Writers & Poets at the Crown & Anchor on Commercial Street featuring poet, novelist and professor Frank Gaspar

5 - 7:30 PM
Live Music in Portuguese Square on Ryder Street with The Capitalistas

8 - 10 PM
Live Music in Portuguese Square with Nelia.

9 PM - 1 AM
Homecoming Get Together at Bubala's By The Sea Restaurant.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2022

10 AM - 12 PM
Field Games at Motta Field. Cookout at the Food Court at the Bas Relief Park on Bradford Street

10 AM - 4 PM
Commercial Fishing Demonstrations and more from local fishermen in Portuguese Square on Ryder Street

10:30 AM - 2 PM
Portuguese Folklore Dancers in Portuguese Square on Ryder Street

11:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Lions Club Food Court in Bas Relief Park on Bradford Street

10:30 AM - 2 PM
Entertainment in Portuguese Square on Ryder Street

3 PM - 5 PM
Festival Parade on Commercial Street

2 PM - 5 PM
Toe Jam Puppet Band for kids in Portuguese Square on Ryder Street

6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Comedy by the Portuguese Kids at Provincetown Town Hall

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Live Fado Concert at Provincetown Hall

9 PM - 11 PM
Samba Band live in Portuguese Square on Ryder Street

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2022

10:30 AM
Fishermen’s Mass at St. Peter the Apostle Church.

12 PM - 1 PM
Procession to MacMillan Pier after Mass

1 PM
75th Blessing of the Fleet at MacMillan Pier with the boat procession led by the historic Coast Guard boat CG-36500 from the 1952 USS Pendleton rescue.

12 PM - 4 PM
Join us for delicious Tasca at MacMillan Pier and watch the Discovery Academy Child Dancers.

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