Carnival is celebrated the entiremonth of Febrero/ February filling each weekend with parades, events and competitions. Each town offers their own twist to the event. The celebration climaxes on or near the 27th of February,Dominican Independence Day. It is an experience that everyone should have sometime in their life. Visitors and Dominicans alike wait with anticipation for this time of year. The celebration brings with it somuch color and tradition from the vivid colors of the costumes, the spirited music and lively dancing. The droves and crowds of humans with voices raised. Experiencing the electricity (even if theelectric power may be out) coming from the participants and viewers alike as all.
The most popular Carnival activities are in the town of La Vega. Normally a very quiet town with not much touristsdraw. Durning carnival here is where thousands of people go every Saturday and Sunday during the month of February. People gather on Calle Padre Adolfo (with the cathedral lurking in the distance), infront of the Parque de las Flores or to watch the spectacular event. The registered groups, known as comparsas, participate in the have participated together for many years. The groups may includefrom 10 to 15 people and sometimes many more. The traditional costumes are carefully sewn months in advance and are very intricate and colorful.
The most popular Carnival celebrations are:
*CarnavalVegano - Carnival in La Vega - This is thought to be the oldest carnival celebration in the Americas. Held in the center of this small town on Calle Duarte starting at the church.