Mas Domnik: Dominica's Carnival
The Real Mas!

Dominica's Carnival, held at the traditional pre-lenten time, is a feast of calypso, shows and 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

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?

Main Carnival Events 2015

(2016 dates not yet available)

Parade & Opening of Carnival Jan 24th 2015
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 February 1st 2015

The Stardom Calypso Tent Every Wednesday from January 14th 2015
Commonly called "Stardom," this event is held every Wednesday before Carnival at the Krazy Koconuts 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 16th 2015
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.

Teenage Pageant
February 8th 2015

Lagoon Street Jam
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.
February 9th 2015

Stardom 'King of the Tent'
February 11th 2015

Showdown Mas Camp 'Champ of the Camp'
February 12th 2015

Mini Carnival - Bord La Mer February 15th 2015
Bayfront, Roseau from 2.30 to 8 pm

Rotary's Souse & Punch February 15th 2015
Souse & Punch 2015. An All White Affair.
Location: "Rhythms on the River" in Layou.
Time: 12 pm – 9 pm
Music by: Dj. Flip Tha Boss, Fanatik and more..

Kiddies Carnival February 15th 2015
Carnival City, Pottersville

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

2015 Winners

2014 Winners

2013 Winners

2012 Winners

2011 Winners

2010 Winners

2009 Winners

2008 Winners

2007 Winners

2006 Winners

2006 Slideshow

Carnival 2005 Photos


Flag Waving
The National Queen Show February 6th 2015
Several intelligent beauties from around the island vie for the title of Miss Dominica. Commonly called "Queen Show," this is always very, very well attended. Held in Festival City, we all look foward to this one!

National Calypso Finals February 14th 2015
The finalists from the Calypso tent compete for the title of Calypso King or Queen. >> More about Calypso.

Carnival Street Parade February 16th & 17th 2015
Known as Carnival Monday and Tuesday or Jump Up. This is the time of year that thousands of Dominicans look foward to...

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.

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 18th 2015
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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