I survived La Vega Carnival, by far the most crowded and popular of all carnival parades in the Dominican Republic. Considered to be the oldest running, La Vega–located 20 minutes south of Santiago–is known for its diablos cojuelos or limping devils and their intricate costumes and dramatic, bejeweled masks.
Dominican Republic carnival parades kicked off this past Sunday in the major provinces and cities. I attended Puerto Plata’s first parade, held along a small portion of the city’s seafront boulevard. The set up for the first Puerto Plata Carnival parade was average–with limited stage-front space for viewers to enjoy the show fully, and little time for the […]
The most exciting and and most important cultural season of the year in the Dominican Republic is here: Carnival. Or as we say here in the DR, Carnaval. Last Saturday night, with the end of January, Puerto Plata held its annual Gran Gala de Carnaval and the selection of Puerto Plata Carnival Queen.