by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and Owner
For over sixty years, Provincetown has honored its Portuguese ancestry with an annual Blessing of the Fleet and weekend-long Portuguese Festival, which runs from June 26th to June 29th. Centuries ago, the tradition of blessing a ship before it departed on a dangerous journey included a blessing from the Bishop.
The tradition continues today, beginning with a mass at St. Peter’s Church, followed by a festive procession to MacMillan Wharf and the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony.
The Blessing of the Fleet is one of the highlights of the annual Provincetown Portuguese Festival.
The Festival is a celebration of all things Portuguese, including food,culture, dancing and music.
During the festival, Commercial Street ripples with the festive red and green of the Portuguese flag.
And you don’t have to be Portuguese to enjoy this vibrate cultural celebration.
This family-friendly festival features incredible food and entertainment and fun activities for adults and kids.
There is a full schedule of events beginning Friday evening, but you won’t want to miss the procession and the blessing on the last day.
Sunday, following mass at St. Peter’s Church, the Blessing of the Fleet procession winds its way towards MacMillan Wharf at 12pm. Before the blessing at 1pm, the traditional Portuguese dancers perform on the wharf.