Portuguese Festival Kicks Off Tonight in Provincetown

PROVINCETOWN – The annual Portuguese Festival kicks off tonight in Provincetown.

The festival provides four days of live music, dancing, parades, food, games and more.

The festival welcomes guests from all over to celebrate the rich Portuguese heritage and culture in Provincetown.

“It attracts over 30,000 people with over 30 events,” said Don Murphy, a committee member of the festival.

The celebration begins with the “Share our Table” dinner under the tent at the Bas Relief at 5 p.m. The dinner showcases the best food from the Outer Cape and music from the New Beach Band.

Other highlights include the Kids Fishing Derby and Portuguese Soup Tasting on Friday.

The festival concludes Sunday with the Fishermen’s Mass at St. Peter The Apostle Church and the 71st Blessing of the Fleet by Bishop Edgar da Cunha.

The festival started with the first blessing in 1947 and it expanded into a larger event 22 year ago.

Murphy said the event continues to grow year after year.

“It grows in the right direction for the right reason as we celebrate our heritage,” Murphy said.

For a complete schedule of events for this year’s festival, visit provincetownportuguesefestival.com.

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