Dominican Republic Carnival 2015 – Let The Party Begin

Carnival brings elaborate costumes and outlandish masks

Carnival brings elaborate costumes and outlandish masks

The 2015 Dominican Republic Carnival at La Vega is hitting its stride in parts 3 and 4 of our Carnival 2015 video series.  Many of the costumes and masks you will see at Carnival are simply amazing.  I would be willing to bet that some of these costumes have hundreds of hours of loving attention into their construction.  Some of them as breathtaking in their detail and beauty.

I think one of the things you will notice in these two videos is just how interactive these Carnival parades are.  These are not your typical parades with the spectators glued to the sidewalks as the floats pass through.  NO WAY.  As you will see, the spectators and the costumed participants all intermingle right in the streets.  Many of the participants carry rubber or foam ball on the end of ropes which they use to tap participants on the tush as they walk through the streets.

At Carnival, sometimes it is difficult to tell the spectators from the costumed participants

At Carnival, sometimes it is difficult to tell the spectators from the costumed participants

Keep in mind that in this series of videos, the party is just getting warmed up.  While the parade through town is a feast for your eyes and thoroughly chaotic, the real action gets underway as the sun sets and runs almost to sunrise the next day.  The night is filled with highly visual stage acts and heart thumping music concerts until the wee hours of the morning.

In Parts 3 and 4 of our 5 part video series we get right out in the road with the rest of the participants.  We capture some of the action and the brightly colored Carnival costumes and masks and even manage to catch a few expats off guard for a little interview.


In Part 4 notice how much thicker the crowd has grown and how the music is now blaring from the various stages and booths along the parade route.  I know it already seems a little hectic and plenty loud, but keep in mind that the party is just beginning.


One of the fun things about living in a new culture that is so different that the one you leave behind is that every day can be a day of discovery.  The DR is a huge island and there are many things to explore if you are so inclined.  Unlike most Caribbean islands, you could start your exploration of this island tomorrow and probably not run out of discoveries for years.  And many have found that the sense of discovery and adventure is very much like that elusive fountain of youth that we all seek.  For now, it’s Barry in the DR wishing you a life of adventure.

Don February 27, 2015 at 12:19 am

…and here I just read a travel blogger saying that Carnival is not really celebrated in the DR!

Barry February 27, 2015 at 1:26 am

Isn’t it sad that so many go through life with little more than an internet experience. Carnival’s total participants number well over two million for the month. So much for what the internet has to say eh? Live it don’t watch or read it.

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