Carnival Activities and Information 2012

It is Carnival time again in Dominican Republic! This is all the information I have collected about the different towns, when they are celebrating, what’s going on, where you can see the action if you are not here. I have been searching and searching and this is all I could find. Any information you have about activities in different places throughout Dominican Republic please post in the comments or send me an email.
*Newest update about Carnaval Dominicano updates.
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Please remember. There are going to be many people of all types at these Carnival celebrations. Most are there to enjoy and have fun. There are some looking to take advantage and rob what you have when you are not looking. Be aware of your surroundings and your belongings. Take pictures but be aware of who is around you before you lift the camera (I had my camera stolen our of my hand while taking a picture one year). Do not wear jewelry. Keep items in front pockets and do not carry anything that is not necessary.

Presidente Cerveza will be providing free concerts to all their sponsored Carnivals on Sunday.
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“VIVE EL CARNAVAL” se transmite de lunes a viernes de 6:00 a 7:00 de la noche por Telesistema 11, un canal de emociones. This they will be transmitting Monday thru Friday from 6 to 7PM all things Carnival.

The Grand National Carnival Parade/ Gran Desfile Nacional de Carnaval is the big, National Carnaval parade with the winners of all the Carnivals held throughout the Dominican Republic. It is celebrated along the Malecón in the city of Santo Domingo. It will be held March 4th and is sponsored by Presidente. They offer three awards for best costumes. 1st place gets RD$500,000.00, 2nd RD$300,000.00 and 3rd RD$100,000.00.

carnaval vengano dominican republic brahma light logo 2012
Brahma is the sponsor of the carnival in La Vega. The Carnaval of La Vega is the most popular and known internationally. This carnival is held every Sunday in February. The concerts this year are –
Daddy Yankee on the 5th
Victor Manuelle on the 12th
Tito el Bambino an the 19th
RKM and Kenny Y + Zion and Lennox on the 26th
Microvision will be broadcasting live in La Vega for Carnival Vengano.

Other Carnivals through Dominican Republic.

Carnival of Santo Domingo East/ Carnaval de Santo Domingo Este will be along Av. España.
Sunday 12: entertainment by Toño Rosario y Mozart La Para
Sunday 19: entertainment by Kinito Méndez
Sunday 26: Sergio Vargas, Juliana, Doble T and Crow (Los Pepes).

Santo Domingo, District National for the second year will be having their district Carnaval celebrations along Av. Winston Churchill each Sunday.

Carnaval Punta Cana celebration will be Saturday/ sábado March/ Marzo 10.

Carnival of Bonao sponsored by Presidente returns to the traditional Ave. Duarte in the center of town every Sunday in February. Broadcast on CERTV canal 4, Mayimbe TV canal 8 y Magu Music Televisión canal 8, (a list of the Television stations and Radio stations of Dominican Republic)

Carnaval de Santiago de los Caballeros starts on Wednesday of each week getting ready for the big Sunday event with performances by musical groups in the country. There will be many lechódromos around the Monumento, Avenida Francia, Calle Daniel Espinal y Las Carreras.
Telemedios (Canal 25), Teleuniverso Canal 29, Teleunión, Megavision y Súper TV 55.

San Juan de la Maguana celebrates Carnaval Cimarrón.
La Z-101 FM, Tele cable San Juan y Radio Televisión Dominicana will be transmitting the activities. Sunday March 25 is their celebration of Carnival and Semana Santa.

Carnaval Salcedo is held on the main street passing by the church every Sunday in February with the ultimate parade on March 11.

Carnaval Mao has celebrations every Saturday and Sunday in February.

Carnival in Baní is called Carnaval Banilejo is held in Bani (the last Sunday in March each year) March 25th. New information I read says it will be celebrated March 18 so I am not sure.

Carnival Azua is usually celebrated on February 27, Independence Day in Dominican Republic.

Carnival Bayaguana is on Sunday 11 of March.

San José de Ocoa, “CARNAMANIEL” Saturday March 31, 2012

Carnival Mao is on Sunday March 11th.

Carnaval Cabral in Barahona 7 to 9 of April.

Carnaval de Cotuí is on Monday the 27th of February.

Carnaval Dajabón is on Sunday March 18.

Constanza Carnaval is on Monday the 27th of February.

Carnival Neiba Monday February 27.

Elías Piña Carnival and Semana Santa Celebrations Sunday March 11.

Montecristí Carnaval is every Sunday in February ending February 26.

Fantino Saturday March 10.

Haina Carnival Sunday March 18.

Jiminí celebrates on Saturday March 17.

Nagua celebrates Monday February 27.

Nigua Carnival is Sunday the 11th of March.

Pímentel Sunday February 27th.

Río San Juan carnival celebrations are Sunday Feb. 19.

Sabana Grande de Boyá is Sunday February 26.

San Pedro de Macorís, Carnaval Consuelo, every Sunday. Other information I read says Sunday March 11, so I am not really sure.

Carnival in Puerto Plata is every Sunday in February ending on the 18th of March.

Samaná Carnival is Monday the 27th of Feb.

San Cristobal is Monday the 27th of February.

San Francisco de Macorís is Monday the 27th of February.

La Romana Carnaval is Sunday March 25th.

Carnaval Punta Cana is on Saturday March 10.

Yerba Buena, Hato Mejor is celebrating Monday Feb. 27.

Many of these places have celebrations throughout February but for sure they are celebrating on the posted dates. Information is so difficult to find.

History and traditions Dominican Carnival.

Information about the masks and Carnival Characters.

Our collection of hundreds of pictures of the Carnival.

Marcos Caminero, Xiomara Fortuna ft Diomedes y el Grupo Mío “Pa La Calle En Carnaval”

Presidente Cerveza Carnaval Commercial