Video - Events - Carnival Punta Cana 2013

This lively and authentic Dominican experience takes place at Boulevard November 1st, Puntacana Village, located opposite the Punta Cana International Airport .

General admission to the carnival is free of charge and open to the public. Private tented seating and corporate sponsored seating is also available; fees apply.

The parade officially commences at 4:00pm with over 20 of the top carnival troupes from around the country such as Cotuí, Santiago, Baní, Puerto Plata, San Pedro de Macoris, Barahona with its "pintaos" (people with full body painted)  and some of the ever-popular Santo Domingo’s characters including the infamous Roba La Gallina, Diablos Cojuelos, Califé, and the Africans, followed by international delegations from other Caribbean Islands as Aruba, Curacao, Haiti and Saint Martin. Participants wear colorful costumes and masks to showcase their cultural traditions and folklore.

Thousands of locals and tourists from around the world attend this event annually.

On the eve of the carnival, the Grand Gala launches the festivities (Friday, March 8) in Puntacana Village . Guests wear costumes, enjoy local music, and interact with the performers participating the following day.

This tradition, which began in 2008, has now become an annual event during the second weekend of March.

This contribution promotes Dominican culture and folklore to the whole world and delights the thousands of tourists visiting the region.

The Punta Cana Carnival is organized by Grupo PUNTACANA, and this year 2013 was sponsored by the Ministry of  Tourism, Claro, Coca Cola, CTN, Grupo Rica, Listin Diario, Supermercado Nacional as well as the national brewing company Presidente and the local producer of high quality rum Brugal & Co.

We invite you to read our article Carnival in the Dominican Republic to know more about the different Carnivals celebrated around the country.