According to godominicanrepublic.com, “Carnival is the most significant, lively, colorful and joyous expression of Dominican popular culture you will find.” It happens every Sunday in different cities in the Domincan Republic throughout the month of February. It seems that every Dominican on the island plays a role in the momentous celebration…and you missed it!
That’s ok because on Saturday, March 14th (which is tonight) Cabarete Beach is hosting its own little Carnival Parade. Better late than never! In this case it might be better because according to the event coordinator, “The Cabarete parade is about highlighting the rich Dominican Carnival culture with its magnificent costumes in safe and elegant way.” As you may or may not know, Carnival can get quite rambunctious and this can be a turn off for many, who would like to engage in the celebration but aren’t into spankings or muddy hugs (it’s a long story).
Brought to us by the Ministry of Tourism, ASHORESOCA (the Association of Hotels and Restaurants of Sosua-Cabarete), and the bars and restaurants of Cabarete, the parade will commence in front of Eze Bar Cabarete at 8pm and will proudly stomp all the way down to Villa Taina (that’s us) before making its way to the main music stage in the center of Cabarete.
This is a casual “come as you are” event, so there is no expectations for anyone to dress up. That should be left to the five professional and award winning Carnival groups from all over the country coming to impress onlookers with striking costumes that represent their particular region. With groups coming from Santo Domingo, San Francisco de Macoris, Constanza, San Juan, and our home province of Puerto Plata, you can expect to see somewhere around 100 characters marching in the parade.
For more information on the tradition of Carnival, check out GoDominicanRepublic.com
8pm until …whenever (so Cabarete)
Saturday March 14, 2014
Eze Bar to Villa Taina
Live Music after parade in the center of Cabarete