Last Sunday was the last carnival parade in the Dominican Republic–the grand finale, known as the Desfile Nacional de Carnaval, in Santo Domingo. It landed on the first Sunday of March this year, a week after Independence Day festivities.
The best regional carnival groups from around the country–including Puerto Plata, San Juan de la Managua, Barahona, La Romana, Montecristi, Constanza, Santiago, and San Pedro de Macoris among others–descended on the capital to parade down the city’s grand seafront boulevard (or Malecon). From the devils of the southwest region to the lechones of Santiago and the Guloyas of San Pedro de Macoris, the parade offered a fantastic glimpse into the DR’s diversity. They strutted, danced, chanted, performed stunts and showed off their best–in the hopes of winning the big carnival cash prizes. The Afro-Dominican groups from the southwest and the southeast were the most incredible to witness–from their indigenous outfits and body paints, to African chants, drumming and incense spreading on their path.