February is Carnival time in the Dominican Republic

The month of February ushers in the vibrant colors and music of carnival.

The National Carnival Parade, scheduled to be held in Santo Domingo on March 3, brings together all the carnival representatives from all over the country.

This year, the carnival parade will be dedicated to the southwestern town of Baní. It is, by far, the most popular carnival in that particular region.

The parade will be held in Santo Domingo’s “Malecon,” the city’s scenic seaside avenue. In addition, every Sunday during the month of February the city of La Vega, situated 1.5 hours north of Santo Domingo, celebrates the country’s most popular, and most visited, Carnival celebration.

With February comes Dominican colorful carnival.

Regional Carnivals

Santiago, the country’s second largest city, has already begun preparations for its very popular carnival celebration.

Other important regional carnivals are the ones held in the following cities: La Vega, Azua, Cotuí, Montecristi, Puerto Plata, Salcedo, San Pedro de Macoris, Santiago, San Juan and Santo Domingo.

Punta Cana

In Punta Cana, on the country’s easternmost region, carnival festivities will take place in March.

The event itself is organized by the Punta Cana Group, and co-sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism. Visiting tourists will be able to enjoy, during the carnival parade, the way the country’s various regions celebrate carnival.

La Vega

The city of La Vega, situated in the country’s heartland, hosts the most popular and colorful carnival parades in the Dominican Republic.

Carnival will be officially launched on January 24.

Every Sunday in February the most popular carnival characters take to the streets of La Vega, where they display their colorful and elaborate costumes.

Thousands of national and international visitors enjoy the very popular parades. Because of its importance, the La Vega carnival has been declared as a “National Folklore” symbol.

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