It’s Carnival time in Dominica!
After a two-year absence revellers are once again soaking up the colour, excitement, music, cheerleaders, masquerades, costume bands, T-shirt bands, and troupes of Mas Domnik.
The 2023 Carnival Calendar boasts two months of activities for every age group including jump-ups, fetes, parades, pageants, and calypso. Among the highlighted events are the Miss Dominica Carnival Queen Pageant scheduled for February 16, SunRise on February 17, and the grand Calypso Finals on February 18. Calypso patrons can also look out for weekly calypso tents on Wednesdays and Fridays with the Stardom Tent being held at Petit Miami and Mas Camp at Jerk Hut both located at Castle Comfort.
There’s a mix of traditional and contemporary flavours and highlights from Lapo Kabwit bands, Sensay, Black Devils, and Stilt Walkers, a taste of the cultural heritage.
Mas Domnik, dubbed The Real Mas, is considered to be one of the most eventful seasons in Dominica, portraying authentic masquerade in the Caribbean, and will run right through Carnival Monday on February 20, culminating on Tuesday, February 21.
The event is presented by the Government of Dominica through the Ministry of Tourism and Discover Dominica Authority (DDA). The official opening took place on January at the Stadium Forecourt. It was preceded by the National Street Parade that was held under the theme, “Mas an Lawi”.