Kathy Najimy named Grand Marshall for Provincetown’s 2015 Carnival Parade

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Kathy Najimy Photo courtesy Provincetown Business Guild

Screen and stage star Kathy Najimy will be adding her zany spin to what’s already well-established as the wackiest week in P’town when she’ll serve as Grand Marshall for the 39th annual Provincetown Carnival Parade on Thursday, Aug. 20. With its “Candyland” theme, this year’s Provincetown Carnival Week festival of dance parties, a boat cruise, and just plain fabulous P’town fun runs Aug. 15-21.

What’s more, Najimy will perform “The Kathy Najimy Show” in Provincetown Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. Opening for her will be New York’s toast of the cabaret scene Anne Steel.

A recent press release from the Provincetown Business Guild give us the following scoop on Sister Mary Patrick (for those not in the know, that’s arguably Najimy’s most famous role, starring with Whoopi Goldberg in “Sister Act”):

“Kathy Najimy is known for her memorable performances in over 25 films including ‘Sister Act’ and ‘Hocus Pocus’ and several TV projects. She is very proud to have been named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year.

Najimy is currently recurring on HBO”S ‘Veep,” and the last season of ‘The Big C’ as Laura Linney’s character’s therapist. … For TV she voiced ‘Peggy Hill’ (14 seasons) on the Emmy Award-winning Fox hit ‘King of the Hill,’ for which she received several awards.

Her work includes over 20 films including starring roles in Hocus with Bette Midler, Pocus,Rat Race, Tyler Perry’s Madena Christmas and  Say Uncle (Philadelphia Film Festival Best Actress), Hope Floats, Nevada, Step Up 3D, Zack and Reba, This Is My Life, The Fisher King, Soapdish, The Hard Way, Bam Bam and Celeste, Two Sisters, It’s Pat, The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez, Jeffrey, The Big K, and HBO’s If These Walls Could Talk 2 with Ellen DeGeneres. Najimy also recently filmed two indie films, Blowtorch and Clutter, and was seen in The Guilt Trip with Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen.

For her over 18 years of AIDS activism, Najimy has been honored with the L.A. Shanti’s Founder award as well as the LA Gay and Lesbian Center’s Distinguished Achievement award. She is an enthusiastic supporter of women’s and girls’ rights, AIDS awareness, animal rights, and a woman’s right to choose, and frequently travels around the country to keynote speak on these issues.”