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This year Santo Domingo is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first carnival in the Americas

The Santo Domingo Carnival continues this Sunday afternoon, 15 February 2015 along Maximo Gomez Avenue, filling the street with color and joy. This year Santo Domingo is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first carnival in the Americas. The city government says that the first ever carnival was held in 1515, just 23 years after the European settlement in 1492.

The 2015 Santo Domingo Carnival celebrations are taking place along Maximo Gomez Avenue (from Jose Contreras to the Malecon) from 3 to 7pm. In Eastern Santo Domingo, carnival parades and partying take place along the Avenida Espana seafront avenue from 2pm. Miriam Cruz and urban musicians Doble T and El Crok (Los Pepes) are booked to entertain the public.

But the most famous Dominican carnival celebrations are held in La Vega (with the traditional diablo cojuelo characters), Bonao (macaraos), and Santiago (lechones). In Puerto Plata there is also a carnival at the Central Park where the traditional carnival character is the “taimascaro”.

The National Carnival Parade then takes place in Santo Domingo on Sunday,

On Sunday 1 March 2015 the best carnival troupes from all around the country will parade on the Malecon of Santo Domingo. And then on Sunday, 7 March, they will travel to Punta Cana for the traditional Punta Cana Village parade.

Source: DR1

February 13, 2015

Category: DR News |

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