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Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
The 20th Celebration of Portuguese Heritage & 69th Blessing of the Fleet In Provincetown
By: Provincetown Historical Celebrations
For over sixty years, Provincetown has honored its Portuguese ancestry with an annual Blessing of the Fleet and Portuguese Festival. The Cape Cod community is the first landing place of the Pilgrims and has a rich seafaring history including whaling, pirates, and most especially, fishing.
At one time Provincetown harbor was home to over 150 fishing schooners with the vast majority of these fishermen immigrants from Portugal. The custom of honoring the fishing community has thrived and expanded into a four day Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet.
The family-friendly weekend features incredible food, entertainment and activities for everyone. This year the Festival is honoring carpenters and builders who built the backbone of the community. It's a celebration of all things Portuguese including culture, dancing, music and of course, cuisine…but you don't have to be Portuguese to enjoy this vibrant cultural celebration!
There is a full schedule of events beginning Friday such as costumed Portuguese Dancers, FADO concerts, ethnic and local food, children's games and a fantastic parade. The grand finale is on Sunday. A mass at St. Peter's Church is followed by a festive procession to MacMillan Wharf and the colorful Blessing of the Fleet ceremony.
The weekend is not to be missed by anyone who loves Cape Cod and appreciates the beautiful and historical culture of Portugal.
For more information, visit our web site at http://provincetownportuguesefestival.com
Provincetown Historical Celebrations