DOMINICA CELEBRATES CARNIVAL 2016! : Discover Dominica, the Nature Island


The Nature Island is abuzz with Carnival activities, leading up to a crescendo of excitement on Feb. 8 & 9. Dominica's Carnival, also known as Mas Domnik, The Real Mas, is the most festive season on the island. The theme of the 2016 celebration is, "Spirit of the Real Mas," with Carnival activities taking place across the Nature Island leading up to the culmination.

Carnival highlights for 2016 include a full array of calypso competitions, pageants, parades and jump-up, a type of exciting street dance!

Calypso: Dozens of Carnival musicians, or Calypsonians, compete for the "Calypso Monarch" title. Elimination rounds lead up to the grand finale. Dominica's 2016 Carnival features the premiere of the Bouyon Monarch Competition! Bouyon, which originated in Dominica, is a mix of traditional and modern music, and is popular across much of the Caribbean. Bouyon competitors will battle for the title of Bouyon Monarch!

2016-Dominica-Carnival-Queen-Candidates webPageants: These popular events showcase the talents and beauty of Dominica's women (and men), in pageants such as the Princess Show; the Teenage Pageant; and the Mother's Queen show, celebrated under the theme "Nurturing our Future." The Mr. Caribbean pageant is being featured for the first time at Dominica's Carnival. Of course the highlight of pageants will be the National Queen Show carded for February 5.


Jams, Jump-Ups & Parades: The Traditional Mas Parade and Costume Parades are planned for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8 & 9. Events feature costume bands and street dancing known as "jump-up." On Ash Wednesday the excitement continues with Téwé Vaval, a fun mock funeral procession with "mourners" gathering to "bury" Vaval, the spirit of Carnival. The ceremony culminates with the burning of the effigy of Vaval, which signifies the close of the Carnival celebration.

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• 16 – Mas Domnik 2016 Opening Parade & Official Ceremony

• 23 – Calypso Semifinals

• 24 – Princess Show & Pan in the Sand

• 25 - 29 – Carnival Village

• 28 – Junior Monarch (Calypso music competition for youngsters)

• 29 – Bouyon Monarch Competition, Mr. Caribbean & Dominica Calypso "Kaiso" Hall of Fame & Classic Kaiso Concert

• 30 – Mother's Queen show, De Port Kaiso (a calypso competition)

• 31 – Teen Pageant 2016, Pan in the Sand & Wet Fete

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• 1 – Lagoon Street Jam

• 1 - 5 – Carnival Village

• 2 – Ole Mas and Sensay Festival

• 3 – Stardom King of the Tent

• 4 – Showdown Mas Camp Champ of the Camp & DSC Mas Jamboree

• 5 – National Carnival Queen Pageant: Crowning of Miss Dominica 2016

• 6 – Calypso Monarch Finals

• 7 – Mini Carnival Bord La Mer, Rotary Souse & Punch, Swinging Stars Dimache Gras Dance, Astaphan J'ouvert Fete, Chandra J'ouvert Fete and Kairi Breakfast Fete

• 8 – Carnival Monday: Traditional Mas Parade & T-shirt bands

• 9 – Carnival Tuesday: Costume Bands Parade

• 10 – Téwé Vaval

For more information on Carnival events, visit or Make your hotel reservations today and be part of the festivities! Follow the fun on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook at /dominicafests, or #dominicacarnival and #masdomnik.

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