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Provincetown Pride Parade, Carnival Still On

Wednesday April 1, 2020

June's Provincetown Film Festival may be canceled due to COVID-19 crisis, but it appears that Provincetown Gay Pride, scheduled for June 5-7, is still on, the website posted yesterday.

"As of now, we have not made any decisions with respect to PRIDE or Carnival," Provincetown Business Guild Executive Director Bob Sanborn told the Provincetown Banner last Thursday.

Carnival Week, scheduled for August 15 — 23 is still also on the schedule.

"We are viewing events over a 30-to-45-day horizon," Sanborn said. "We remain in a wait-and-see mode, and ready to make decisions as necessary."

Nonetheless, the Guild posted a video on their website entitled "A Message from Provincetown: True love can withstand any distance" with images of the town that evoke its more tranquil side and ending with the words "stay at home until we can be reunited." Such messaging suggests a tacit acknowledgment that big public events may not take place this summer due to public restrictions.

"The business guild, which promotes Provincetown to LGBTQ travelers, supports the current shelter-in-place directives and measures to stop nonessential businesses, Sanborn told the Banner. "

A screenshot from the Provincetown Business Guild video "A Message from Provincetown: True love can withstand any distance"

"Provincetown has always been and continues to be a safe, warm, and welcoming destination for visitors," reads a statement on the Provincetown Business Guild website.

"We at the Provincetown Business Guild are closely monitoring the current outbreak of the new coronavirus known as COVID-19, and are working with town officials including the Provincetown Health Department and the Board of Health in the effort to keep our members, town residents, and visitors informed about the outbreak, and on best practices to stay safe and minimize risk," reads the PBG statement.

Watch the video from the PBG below:

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