February is Carnival Month!
Every Sunday of this month we celebrate with little carnivals throughout the different provinces
February will always be a special month for the Dominican Republic and all Dominicans - it’s the month we celebrate our Independence Day.
The Dominican Republic won its Independence on February 27th, 1844. The main responsible characters that made it happen are our founding fathers Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco Del Rosario Sánchez and Matias Ramón Mella.
Every Sunday of this month we celebrate with little carnivals throughout the different provinces of the country, but the last Sunday (this date can change) features the main event where we celebrated the Santo Domingo Carnival or National Parade, with a big and colourful parade with the most important participants and troupes of each province carnival previously selected to walk through this big main event.
Our carnival is very special mainly for some characters of our cultural past and representations of our folklore such like the Diablos Cojuelos, Roba La Gallina, Califé, La Muerte (the Death), The Africans, The Indians (Taínos), Los Platanuses, Los Pirulíes, Los Lechones and many others! But the most colourful and preferred by all are the Diablos Cojuelos; these characters show a tremendous work of art in their costumes and they really are the main dish of the Dominican Carnival Representation.
The most assisted and popular parade is the one of La Vega Province, followed by the provinces of Santiago de los Caballeros, Bonao, San Pedro de Macorís, Azua, Cabral, and as a new carnival parade and gaining a lot of importance is the Punta Cana Parade!
We hope you can have the chance to celebrate among us at this special occasion and join us for our biggest cultural event of the year.
Carnival Punta Cana 2013 video:Main Image video: Diablo Cojuelo character