Carnival in the DR: add it to your bucket list
Carnival in the Caribbean is an experience you’ll always remember. The vibrant costumes and joyful festivities represent a time to celebrate life and freedom. Here in the DR, Carnival is a happy celebration of our diverse culture and heritage. If you’re planning on coming to the DR to get a taste of Carnaval Dominicano (as we call it here) for the first time, read on to learn what to expect.
We celebrate the Dominican Carnival annually in February, culminating with the Independence festivities on February 27. This season is a time to showcase our identity, which is a rich melting pot of European, Indigenous and African cultures, of which we are proud.
Every Sunday in February, every major city comes alive with parades and parties. The oldest and most historic carnival takes place in the host city, La Vega. You can also explore the DR’s capital, Santo Domingo, which hosts a military parade and carnival parade that brings together the largest comparsas (troupes) of the island.