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Carnival Dominican Republic
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Carnival

The carnival has been held here since the time of the Spanish conquest, during which it was transferred from America. The Dominican carnival is held all over the country throughout the month of February (concluding on the 27th, the anniversary of National Independence Day). A carnival is also held on 16th August to celebrate the restoration of the Republic in 1863, most notably in Santiago, San Pedro de Macoris, La Vega, and Santo Domingo.

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The carnival , The queen of the Carnival , Dominican Republic
The queen of the Carnival

This long-awaited event is an explosion of colour and a celebration of the body.

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The carnival , Satirical masks , Dominican Republic
Satirical masks

The Dominican people express their creativity through all of the artistic disciplines and escape from the daily grind to the rhythm of the merengue.

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The carnival , The parade , Dominican Republic
The parade

Processions take place all over the country, especially in the cities of La Vega, Montecristi, Puerto Plata, Santiago, Rio San Juan, San Pedro de Marcosis, and the capital, Santo Domingo.

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The carnival , The green monster , Dominican Republic
The green monster

The carnival is driven forward by characters in a very wide array of costumes that reflect the island's undeniable cultural and artistic wealth.

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