Twenty-six years ago two men, Jay Critchley and Walter McLean, organized the first Swim for Life, which raises money for local health services. Back in 1988 eighteen swimmers took the plunge and raised $6,000.
In the early 1990s prayer ribbons were initiated to provide visual witness to the swimmers as they crossed the harbor from Long Point to the Boatslip where the swim concludes. Each swimmer inscribes the names of those they love and a personal message.
Swim for Life Saturday, September 6
Held the weekend following Labor Day, the event has grown over the years, attracting 150 volunteers and more than 400 swimmers. For more information visit swim4life.org.
This year’s Provincetown Carnival theme may go down as an all-time favorite. The crowds came out in an array of colorful costumes with a large number of Batman, Superman, Spidey and (of course) Wonder Woman but some got fairly creative. Enjoy this video of all the fun in Provincetown this past week.
Note: If you click on the YouTube icon in the lower right of the video below it will open in a larger window for better viewing.
Here is a glimpse of some recent Provincetown Carnival parades.
This year’s parade will not have made it to the West End by the time this post goes live but I’ll do my best to post photos of all the onlookers who get dressed up on my Twittah and Instagram account.
Provincetown 2011 theme: Can’t Stop the Music
Provincetown 2012 theme: A Space Odyssey
Provincetown 2013 theme: Viva Las Vegas
Are you in Provincetown? Say hello if you see me. I’ll be doing my best with the help of Sergio to snap photographs of some of our favorite costumes from this year’s parade and the parties that follow.
If you have a costume you are proud of be sure to send me a photograph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although this photo is from the no pants subway ride in Boston a couple years ago, this will have to suffice until we return from Provincetown. Have a great day and hope to see you in Ptown.