Dominica Carnival 2015 – A Festive time on the Nature Island!

Visit Dominica from December into February, and join in on Carnival activities taking place across the Nature Island. Also known as “The Real Mas,” the pre-Lenten festival includes festive parades, Junior Monarch (Calypso music competition for youngsters), Calypso Monarch, Queen Show, Princess Show, Teenage Pageant, Kiddies Carnival and much more.

The excitement begins several weeks prior; rising to a fevered pitch before the finale on Feb. 16 & 17.

The Opening Parade in January marks the official start of 2015 Carnival celebrations. While key Carnival events take place in the capital of Roseau, smaller carnivals are planned in villages such as Portsmouth, Marigot and Grand Bay.

Carnival highlights for 2015 include:

  • Calypso – Dozens of carnival musicians, or Calypsonians, begin elimination rounds in December as they compete for the “Calypso Monarch” title. Elimination rounds take place at the quarter final and semi final stages, leading up to the grand finale.
  • Queen Show – This popular event showcases the talents and beauty of Dominica’s women and culminates with the crowning of Miss Dominica.
  • Jump-up – Features two days of costume bands and street dancing known as “jump-up,” slated for Feb. 16 & 17.
  • Kabouwe Toy Truck Parade – One of the highlights of “The Real Mas” is the parade of small hand-made toy trucks called “kabouwe” that includes students from St. Mary’s Primary School. The concept was originally suggested as a bonding activity by a father-son club in the all-boys school. According to local historians, the tradition began in Dominica as far back as 1910.

Visitors who want to enjoy Carnival festivities during the weekend prior to the culmination on Feb. 16 & 17 should plan to arrive no later than Friday, Feb. 13.

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