Dominican Republic has been celebrating Carnaval since 1520 and we are still going strong! Come enjoy and participate in the madness! It will be an experience that you will never forget. Music everywhere, fun parades, vibrant colors, happy people and many many ooohhhs and aahhhs.
There are celebrations throughout the entire country with a wide variety of costumes and customs. Each town has their own versions of the costumed carnival creatures some can be beautiful, funny, cute and terrifying.
I will add more events as I find them.
The big parade with the best of the best happens in Santo Domingo on the Malecon Sunday, March 6 at 4PM with a Grand National Carnival Parade Regional/ domingo 6 de marzo con un Gran Desfile Regional del Carnaval Nacional. It runs from Malecon Centro to the Obelisco Macho. All 31 provinces and towns will have their best to represent them and hopefully go home with the big prize. You can watch the Carnaval on the internet on Telemicro Channel 5.
Other activities in Santo Domingo Colonial Zone area-
*Carnaval Infantil – “Por el derecho a sonreir” Children Carnival Parade slogan: “For the right to smile,” will be March 5th at 10AM in Plaza España, Colonial Zone. The children are so much fun to watch parading in their costumes.
*Living Statues / Estatuas Vivientes exhibition will be held March 4th, at 5PM at Parque Independencia, Colonial Zone.
*The traditional Festival of Ali Baba / Festival de Alí-Babá will be in the Plaza España March 5th, at 2PM.
*The Carnival Music Festival 2016 / Festival de Música de Carnaval will be on March 5 at Plaza Juan Baron starting at 5PM.
*Carnival Vegano – watch live transmission on Microvisión Canal 10
Sunday 7 starts the festivities with the Diablos Cojuelos leaving their caves and presenting themselves to the world.
There are concerts every weekend. More information at http://carnavalvegano.do/
-Saturday 6 Concert – Héctor Acosta “El Torito” y El Mayor Clasico and Felix Manuelat the Estadio Olimpico de La Vega at 9PM.
– Sunday 7 Concert – Don Miguelo, Vakeró y Wisin at the Estadio Olimpico.
*Carnaval Ciudad Colonial – Saturday 13. A parade of vintage cars, scooters, and a host of colorful characters will parade through the Colonial Zone starting at 5PM. The parade starts at The Puerta de la Misericordia on Calle Palo Hincado and ends at the Reloj del Sol at Plaza España.
*Carnival Bonao The fun is on Sundays 7, 14, 21 and Saturday 27 in Feb. and March 13. The Carnaval Parade starts at 4PM on Avenida Duarte and ends with a show in Parque La Delicia. http://carnavalbonao.net/
*Santiago – Carnaval Santiago is on Saturdays and Sundays in February, culminating with the final parade on the 22rd in the area of the Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración.
It will be televised on channels Teleunión, Telemedios, Canal 25, Canal 29 Teleuniverso and Súper TV 55 at different times.
*Carnaval Cotuí (Sánchez Ramírez) The fun will be every Sunday in February and on Saturday 27 atarting at 4PM at the Ayuntamiento Municipal wining through many barrios and ending at Parque Duarte.
Live transmission at cotuifm.net and realidadtv.com starting at 2PM every Sunday.
*Carnaval of Santo Domingo Este – This is the 9th year for this carnival taking place on Avenida España on Sunday Feb. 14, 21 and 28 starting at 2PM. They expect thousands of people to gather. It will be transmitted live on canal Digital 15. The carnaval is in memory of Juan de los Santos.
-Feb. 14 – Yiyo Sarante, Revolución Salsera
-Feb. 21 –Fernando Villalona, Shadow Blow
-Feb. 28 – Los Hermanos Rosario, Mozart la Para
*Punta Cana Carnival – Saturday March 12, 2016 on Boulevard Primero de Noviembre in Punta Cana Village opposite the International Airport.
*Puerto Plata Carnival – The POP Carnaval 2015 will be held Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 13 starting at 3PM.
*El Carnaval de Herrera 2016 – Saturday Feb. 27 at 3PM, Isabel Aguiar.
Here is a list of all the dates of the National Carnivals / fechas de los Carnavales a nivel nacional throughout the country. Click to enlarge.
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.
Carnaval Dominicano time is here! The month of February is party time in Dominican Republic with celebrations, masked beings, music, dancing, parades and more.
Santo Domingo on the Malecon from Malecon Centro to the Obelisco Macho – The big one! – Sunday, March 2 at 10AM with a Grand National Carnival Parade Regional./ domingo 2 de marzo con un Gran Desfile Regional del Carnaval Nacional. There will be 180 troupes from 31 provinces. 10am. Frederick Martinez (El Pacha) is the King of Carnival and the Queen is former Miss World, Mariasela Alvarez. You can watch the Carnaval on the internet on Telemicro Channel 5
I will post all the Dominican Republic Carnival Activities / Actividades y celebraciónes de Carnaval Dominicano por provinciales throughout the country as I find them.
The Brahma Light Carnival Commercial with Mozart la Para
*Puerto Plata Carnival – The POP Carnaval 2014 will be held every Sunday in February and on Independence Day February 27th.
Marina Casa de Campo in La Romana will have their Carnaval de la Marina celebrations on Saturday 22 starting at 4PM. This years carnival is in honor of Juan Francisco Vásquez (Juampa).
Carnaval Vegano – The Carnaval of La Vega is the most popular and known internationally. This carnival is held every Sunday in February.
Carnaval Km 36 de Boca Chica Starting at 2PM at the church February 14 to March 2 with their loved Carnival personages “El Gaga de Boca Chica”.
Entertainment *16th Sr Jucafri, El Piloto and Black 45
*23rd con Enyer One, El Popa Coramor and Angel Black
*2nd Grand Finale – El Clasicom, HPérez Tu Formula, Nico Styles and Shadow Blow.
Cristo Rey, Santo Domingo – Carnaval de Cristo Rey 2014 will be on March 16 at 2pm on Calles Ovando and Gasset.
Carnival Bonao Every Sunday in Feb. starting at 2PM on Avenida Duarte and ending with a show in Parque La Delicia. The kick-off of all the Provincias Carnival celebrations is on Saturday Feb.1 at 8PM in Parque Las Flores in Villa de la Hortensias. Saturday 15 – 8PM – Los Teke Teke, El Jeffrey y Jay Sebastian – Parque Las Delicias.
Carnaval Independencia Miami Florida USA – On Dominican Republic Independence Day February 27, 2014 Miami FL. will celebrate Carnival with the bands Omega, Zacarias Ferreira, Pit Bull and Black Point on Calle Juan Pablo Duarte NW 17th Avenue. https://www.facebook.com/CarnavalDominicanoMiami
Santiago – Carnaval Santiago is on Saturdays and Sundays in February, culminating with the final parade on the 23rd. It will be televised on channels Teleunión, Telemedios, Canal 25, Canal 29 Teleuniverso and Súper TV 55 at different times.
Carnaval Cotuí (Sánchez Ramírez) Every Sunday in February and on Thursday 27. Live transmission at cotuifm.net and realidadtv.com starting at 2PM every Sunday.
Carnaval de Constanza – This year the Constanza Carnival will promote the culture of the area, the folklore, the wealth and agro-ecological. There will be activities on Wednesday and Friday of each week and on Saturday and Sunday starting at 1PM with the carnival groups, and artistic activities will be conducted throughout the month of February.
Punta Cana Carnival – Saturday March 8, 2014 with more than fifteen of the top carnival troupes starting at 4PM. At 7:30PM there will be a concert marking the official end of Carnival 2014 in the country. More info http://www.puntacana.com/
Carnaval of Santo Domingo Este – Taking place on Avenida España on the corner of Avenida 26 de Enero on Feb. 9, 16 and 23 – The bands planed for this year include Sergio Vargas, Sexappeal, Vakeró, la Nueva Escuela, El Jefry, el Chiquito Team Band and more.
Santo Domingo and National District Provinces – Every Sunday in February, Carnival Stops in the Capital in different areas. The mayor of Santo Domingo today announced that this year’s carnival will be held at Avenida Máximo Gómez between Avenidas José Contreras and George Washington on February 9, 16 and 23.
Every Sunday these channels will transmit Carnaval activities live – CERTV, Canal 4, Telefuturo Canal 23, Mayimbe Tv, Canal 10 de Telecasa Magic TV canal 60 de Claro TV, Súper Q 100.9 FM, Latina FM 88.7, Novel FM 93.9. Links to Television and Radio Stations.
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