Carnival’s storied history includes the year that Ron Robin, owner of P’town’s landmark restaurant The Mews, decided to stir things up with an elephant - a real live elephant. “I personally collected the elephant and we marched him down Commercial Street. We won a prize, and it certainly got people talking. Although the purpose of Carnival may have changed over the years it is certainly important to all of us as it brings all of us together. And most importantly, it is great fun.”
From the first parade to present day, Candy Collins-Boden has been at the helm of the town’s Chamber of Commerce and calls Carnival the “over the top“ event of the season. “Although Carnival is seen as a GLBT attraction it’s fun for everyone, and is truly the best celebration in the state."
“We now see as many as 80 parade entries in a week long Carnival celebration that fills the town,” says PBG Executive Director Erin Atwood, who each year is tasked with coming up with something new and different. “We've had some real winners with the pool party at the Brass Key & the Carnival Costume Ball at the Boatslip.
Both of these new events have been a huge success and really kick off Carnival Week in a new and different way that everyone loves. As for the parade, there is only one major rule, ‘Underwear please!’ We want to make sure that we offend no one, by maintaining a delicate balance, tread lightly, do not impede creativity and stay somewhat family friendly.
Voted Best Festival on Cape Cod, 2013!