Carnaval Domenicano is widely celebrated across the country, where some of the largest Carnival celebrations in the region take place, so no matter where you are in the country over the holiday you can expect a good time.
See the National Parade
Santa Domingo’s Carnival parade is the biggest in the country and across Latin America. Groups from all over the country travel to the capital to partake, so it presents a fascinating cross-section of all the different costumes and traditions from the island.
Visit different towns
Each local town or city has its own interpretation of Carnival and way of celebrating the holiday. Try to plan to visit a few different places to get different tastes of what the celebration in the Dominican Republic is like. Many festivities have a close local connection, too, because community groups and families that band together often are the parade and party organizers.
Learn the characters
Dominicans craft and wear elaborate costumes, including masks, which make the parades very visually entertaining. The celebration is considered a topsy-turvy event, so interesting figures appear. One of the most popular costumes is a limping devil, called Diablo cojuelo. Carnival has strong religious ties, and this representation is a satire of the devil. Other traditional figures who appear in Dominican Carnival festivities are a grim reaper figure and Roba la gallina that involves a men wearing dresses and pokes fun at how people historically stole chickens.