Mas Domnik: Dominica's Carnival
The Real Mas!

Dominica's Carnival, held at the traditional pre-lenten time, is a feast of calypso, Carnival competitions and activities all leading up to two exciting days of street jump-up. Carnival is formally opened about a month before the two final days of jump-up.

Carnival 2016:
Jump-Up dates are February 8th & 9th 2016

Opening Parade & Official Ceremony:
Saturday, January 16th, 2016 in Roseau

See the Main Carnival Event below.

See our Facebook page for live photos of Carnival on February 9th & 9th 2016!

See the Winners of Previous Carnival Competitions
on The Winners Page


View our Carnival Slideshow

Carnival Queen Contestant
Who will be the next Carnival Queen?


Bwa Bwa
Afrikulture Stilt Walkers


Main Carnival Events 2016

Parade & Opening of Carnival Jan 16th
This event kicks off Carnival. The Queen Contestants, Calypsonians, Princess Show Contestants, the most popular bands, people in sensay costumes, the 'Blackies', stilt walkers (moko jumbies), cheerleaders, and many more people parade through the streets in a kaleidoscope of colours, encouraged by a huge crowd of on-lookers.

Carnival Princess Show January 24th

The Stardom Calypso Tent Every Wednesday from January 6th
Commonly called "Stardom," this event is held every Wednesday before Carnival at the Sisserou Hotel in Castle Comfort. It is a Calypso Show Series by which, through a method of elimination that lasts for weeks, the Calypsonians to participate in the Calypso Monarch Competition are chosen. The serious calypso commentary and mix of humour and local scandal makes the tent a favorite among locals.

Showdown Mas Camp Every Friday from January 8th
Showdown Mas Camp is another Calypso tent. Showdown Calypsonians perform on Friday nights before Carnival at Harlem Plaza, Newtown.Their 'Champ of the Camp' Competition is held the Thursday night before Carnival Monday.

Junior Monarch Show January 28th
Kids get their chance to show off their Calypso Talents! Held at Harlem plaza from 5 pm.

Teenage Pageant January 31st
Miss Teen Dominica is crowned.

Lagoon Street Jam February 1st
This one is a definite favorite. It's another pre-taste for the real thing: Calypso, Bouyon Music, lots of people and Kubuli would accurately describe this jam. Like the other activities, this is open to everyone because Carnival in Dominica is a time when all differences are put aside.

Ole Mas & Sensay Festival February 2nd
A great time to experience the Traditional Mas - see Sensays, Ban Mouve, and more.

Stardom 'King of the Tent' February 3rd

Showdown Mas Camp 'Champ of the Camp'
February 4th

National Carnival Queen Pageant February 5th
A vibrant and colourful event where young ladies from across Dominica compete to become the reigning Carnival Queen, Miss Dominica.

National Calypso Monarch Finals February 6th
Dominica crowns the Calypso King (or Queen) in a wonderful, colourful and exciting competition held at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium. The finalists from the Calypso tent compete for the title of Calypso Monarch. >> More about Calypso.

Mini Carnival - Bord La Mer & Kidie's Carnival February 7th
Bayfront, Roseau from 2.30 to 8 pm

Rotary's Souse & Punch February 7th
Location: usually held at "Rhythms on the River" in Layou. Time: 12 pm – 9 pm

Related Links

  Carnival Dates
2015: February 16th & 17th
2016: February 8th & 9th
2017: February 27th & 28th

Carnival Traditions


Carnival Through the Years

A History of Carnival

Previous Carnivals: 1998 to present

2016 Winners

2015 Winners

2014 Winners

2013 Winners

2012 Winners

2011 Winners

2010 Winners

2009 Winners

2008 Winners

2007 Winners

2006 Winners

2005 Winners

2004 Winners

2003 Winners

2002 Winners

Carnival 2002 Photos

2001 Opening

2001 Winners

Carnival 2001 Photos


Flag Waving


Carnival Street Parade February 8th & 9th
Known as Carnival Monday and Tuesday or Jump Up. This is the time of year that thousands of Dominicans look foward to...

Monday, February 8th 2016
J'Ouvert from 4am to 6am with Lapo Kabwit, then 6 am to 8 am with Hifi Bands. All in Roseau.
10 am to 12 Noon - Traditional Old Mas Costume bands (Sensay, Darkkies, Black Devils, Ban Mouve, etc.) and School Bands take to the streets.
2pm to 10 pm T-Shirt Bands with Hifi.

Tuesday, February 9th 2016
10 am - The brand new Carnival King & Queen are introduced. Traditional Costume Bands, Queen Contestants and other costume bands hit the road as well. Listen carefully for the Calypso song that is played most often because it will win the title Road March Song.

Music, culture, people and wild celebration merge to form what we know as Carnival. It is the most festive time of the year where there are no enemies, where everyone comes together to have fun. So let loose, make new friends and enjoy! These parades are held in Roseau, but many other villages have small parades.

Vaval (Wednesday after Carnival) February 10th 2016
In certain places such as the west-coast village of Dublanc and in the Kalinago (Carib) Territory, there is one final event to Carnival - the Ash Wednesday burying (or burning) of the 'spirit' of Carnival and the beginning of Lent. Read more...


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