Carnival in Dominican Republic
Each February and early March, more than 100,000 people experience Dominican popular culture through Carnival’s vibrant costumes, intricate masks and parades at festivals held throughout the country. Every Sunday during February, different cities in the Dominican Republic hold Carnival parades. The one in La Vega is the most popular and well known. La Vega holds two different types of celebrations; popular carnival and social carnival, in order to accommodate thousands of celebrators who come from around the globe to participate in La Vega’s celebration. The main national parade is celebrated along the Malecon in Santo Domingo, and this year will be March 6.
“Dominican carnival is an ideal festival, unlike any other, because it embodies our deep sense of hospitality and graciousness, as well as passion for design, love of the arts and zest for life ingrained in all that we do in the DR,” said the Ministry of Tourism’s Vice Minister of International Promotion, Magaly Toribio. “During Dominican carnival season festivals, history, art, music and culture combine to vibrantly express Dominican spontaneity and creativity with enchanting and outrageous costumes, dances and masks.”
Celebrations and costumes vary according to different DR regions; however, most feature mass groups of colorfull costumed participants parading down streets, embellished floats, dance groups, chants and crowd-interaction.