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'
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