How Provincetown Bear Week Rolls Out The Red Carpet For The Bears And Their Buddies


With an estimated 35,000 bears, bear chasers, and their friends and allies packing themselves into the tiny area at the northern tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, that’s a whole lot of man meat per square kilometer.

“It’s more like a bear invasion than a takeover,” says Frank Mahoney, president of the Provincetown Bears. (Mahoney, as he confesses in an interview, is not a bear himself; he describes himself as an admirer.) “The most fun for me is seeing everybody interact with each other, the sense of community. It doesn’t matter if you’re a big furry guy, a younger smooth guy, a younger chubby, an older daddy—you’ll always find somewhere to fit in. It brings together all the generations—older bears, newer bears, everybody in between.”…read more.

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