Oh yea! It is Carnaval time again in Dominican Republic. We have been celebrating Carnaval since 1520 with music, colors, parades, fun and craziness. This year the celebrations continue through the month of February to the beginning of March 2015.
I will post all the Dominican Republic Carnival Activities / Actividades y celebraciónes de Carnaval Dominicano por provinciales throughout the country as I find them. If you know of any activities please let me know.
Santo Domingo – on the Malecon from Malecon Centro to the Obelisco Macho – The big one! – Sunday, March 1 at 2PM with a Grand National Carnival Parade Regional./ domingo 1 de marzo con un Gran Desfile Regional del Carnaval Nacional. There will be 180 troupes from 31 provinces and 160 floats. The honored and invited country this year being Brasil. Merengue stars Eddy Herrera is the King of Carnival and the Queen is Miriam Cruz. Security has formed a team called “Carnival without violence” / “Carnaval sin violencia” including agents of the National Bureau of Investigations/ Dirección Nacional de Investigaciones (DNI), Civil Defense/ Defensa Civil and more than 1,500 police officers/ policías, firefighters/ bomberos, 911 and Red Cross/ Cruz Rojas.
Carnaval Vegano – The Carnaval of La Vega is the most popular and known internationally. This carnival is held every Sunday in February and also on the 27. The concerts held every Sunday in the Estadio Olímpico starting at 7PM
-Feb 1 – Farruko, Mozart La Para, Elvis Martinez, DJ Scuff and DJ Luz
-Feb 8 – DJ Plex, NickyJamPR, YiyoSarante and Eddy_Herrera;
-Feb 15 – Omega, Mozart La Para, Shadow Blow, Pingo La Hoja, DJ Victman and DJ Alberto Peralta;
-Feb 22 – Don Miguelo, Yiyo Sarante, La Nueva Escuela, Janko, DJ Scuff, DJ Victman and DJ Alberto Peralta
Color Visión Canal 9 will transmit the carnival live. Links to TV stations in Dominican Republic.
*Carnival Bonao The fun is on Sundays 8, 15, 22 and Saturday 27 in Feb. and March 8. The Carnaval Parade starts at 4PM on Avenida Duarte and ends with a show in Parque La Delicia.
On Saturday 7, 14, 21 and 27 of February and March 8 starting at 8PM in Parque Las Flores in Villa de la Hortensias there will be music and fun.
-Saturday 15 – 8PM – Los Teke Teke, El Jeffrey y Jay Sebastian
The big name performers scheduled include Toño Rosario, Rubby Perez, Alex Matos, El Lápiz, David Kada, Yiyo Sarante, Divas by Jiménez, Mozar la Para, Poeta Callejero, Los Teke Teke, El Jefrey, Cristiam Bc, El Batallón, Nelson de la Olla, Tito Swing, Steffany Constanza, Kiko El Presidente, Merenbanda and La Materialista.
You can watch and or listen to the carnival live on Telefuturo canal 23, Súper Canal 33, Súpercanal Caribe, Mágic Tv canal 60 de Claro Tv, Mayimbe Tv canal 14 de Wind Telecom, el canal 10 de Telecasa, por Latina FM, Novel FM. Links to TV stations in Dominican Republic.
* Carnaval desde el Centro at Centro Cultural de España, Colegio de Gorjón, Colonial Zone. Coordinated by anthropologist Soraya Aracena, the main activities will take place from 12 to 14 February with the participation of expert researchers, artisans and famous troupes prestigious proposing know and live the carnival from different perspectives.
-Thursday 12 at 7PM – sociologist Dagoberto Tejeda will give the lecture “Where the Dominican carnival going?”/ “¿Hacia dónde va el carnaval dominicano?”
-Friday 13 at 7PM historian Joseph G. Guerrero will analyze the structure of this celebration at the conference “The structure Carnival: what is and is not Carnival”/ “La estructura del carnaval: lo que es y no es carnaval”, then the documentary “Colors of the Dominican Carnival”/ “Colores del carnaval dominicano” will be screened.
-A carnival related Crafts Fair will be held both days from 6:30 to 9PM.
– Carnival Festival/ Fiesta de Carnaval on Saturday 14th at 9PM in the courtyard of CCE featuring various characters including Beto y sus Alí Babá, Tiznaos, Roba la Gallina, Califé y Diablos Cojuelos.
Santiago – Carnaval Santiago is on Saturdays and Sundays in February, culminating with the final parade on the 22rd in the area of the Monument.
It will be televised on channels Teleunión, Telemedios, Canal 25, Canal 29 Teleuniverso and Súper TV 55 at different times.Links to TV stations in Dominican Republic.
Carnaval Cotuí (Sánchez Ramírez) This years Carnival is dedicated to Teresa Ynoa. The fun will be every Sunday in February and on Friday 27.
Live transmission at cotuifm.net and realidadtv.com starting at 2PM every Sunday.
Carnaval of Santo Domingo Este – This is the 8th year for this carnival taking place on between Avenida Máximo Gómez and Calle José Contreras to the Malecón on Sunday Feb. 8, 15 and 22 starting at 2PM. They expect thousands of people to gather. Performances include
-Feb. 8 – Héctor Acosta “El Torito” (Merengue and Bachata)
-Feb. 15 – Miriam Cruz (Merengue) and Doble T y El Crok (Los Pepes) (Urban Music)
-Feb. 22 – Yiyo Sarante (Salsa) and Mozart la Para (Urban Music).
*Puerto Plata Carnival – The POP Carnaval 2015 will be held Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 8.
*Punta Cana Carnival – Saturday March 7, 2015 on Boulevard Primero de Noviembre in Punta Cana Village opposite the International Airport. Represented are troupes from Guadeloupe, Haiti and Curacao and more than fifteen of the national top carnival troupes starting at 4PM. At 7:30PM there will be a concert (concert is not free) marking the official end of Carnival 2015 in the country. The video from last years Carnaval Puntacana
*Cristo Rey, Santo Domingo – Carnaval de Cristo Rey 2015 will be on March 15 at 2pm on Calles Ovando and Gasset.
Every year there is a great art festival in Parque Colon just in time for Christmas. The XI Feria Nacional de Artesania, There are artists representing each province in the Dominican Republic. They are selling their unique art and craft items.
Not only is there great items to purchase and view but there is all sorts of other activities. There is art for the kids. There is live music on the center stage in the park. There is all sorts of good things going on.
Common over to the Colonial City and check out all the fun. from 9AM to 9PM Friday December 14 to Sunday December 16, 2012 in Columbus Park.
Today there is a country wide strike or as it is called here huelga. People are protesting the rising cost of fuel and food among other things like the 4% for education.
Extra police and military personal have been deployed, especially in those problem areas, to keep peace during this day long strike. The Diario Libre says that there are 40000 in Santo Domingo alone. All there to make sure this is a peaceful strike. In the history of the strikes in DR there have been many problems with things turning violent. Mainly people are out of the streets burning tires and blocking the roads.
Sunday night in some areas in Cibao some violent acts occurred. In Hermanas Mirabal, Salcedo there were homemade bombs heard exploding. Tires were burnt in Villa Altagracia, Bonao on the road Maimón-Cotuí, also in Tamboril.
In Santo Domingo almost all business are closed. The Malecon, from the floating bridge and Ave. Mella are being guarded by the Marines. China Town, Avenidas Duarte, Mella, Jose Martí, Paris, Benito Gonzáles and México are almost empty. Even Mercado Modelo, the very busy market area has very few people milling around. There are few street vendors out as well and the ones that are out there trying to make a living are not making any money at all.
Calle El Conde in Colonial Zone, usually filled with people, is empty except for a few people here and there. It feels like a ghost town compared to the normal action along the Conde. Many of the businesses along the Conde likewise have their gates and doors closed because most of their employees could not get to work. There is alot of security in the Colonial Zone because it is a tourist area.
College did not close but most of the students did not show up for classes. The hospitals are open but there are few looking for medical service today which is not normal for the usually busy Mondays. Most of the gas stations will have military people around making sure all is well. There are only a few buses and taxis on the streets.
Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo had very little action today as well. Many people missed flights because they could not get to the airport because there few if any buses or taxis running. The lack of transport by buses and taxis forced many travelers to miss their flights as they were unable to reach the terminal.
Today is a good day to stay home or close to it. It is best to be safe than sorry. Rest, relax and enjoy home sweet home. Tomorrow is another day.
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