Dominica’s carnival, which will span about eight weeks, was officially launched at the Krazy Kokonuts in Castle Comfort on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
During these eight weeks there will be village carnivals, pageants and calypso competitions leading up to two days of street jump up on March 3 and 4.
Director of Tourism and chief executive officer of the Discover Dominica Authority, Colin Piper noted that the Ministry is focused on attaining its “ambitious goal” of 90, 000 stay over visitors by the end of the year 2015.
“As such we are leaving no stone unturned in our quest to find ways and means to incent people to come to Dominica and while we’re at it, we’re asking them to bring a friend to enjoy all that we have”.
He noted that the Ministry is “laser focused on achieving that target” and are therefore looking to festival tourism in achieving that target.
This year’s carnival, he said, will be “full of pageantry, calypsos, jump-up and parades”.
The carnival opening parade and fete is scheduled for February 8 and Piper called on businesses and citizens to participate in this year’s activity.
“We are planning an opening parade with a difference and as plans get finalized you will start to hear more about it. We encourage all businesses and masks bands and troops to come out and give the people a sampling of what the carnival season will be like”.
Meanwhile, Culture Minister, Justina Charles has called on Dominicans to embrace this year’s carnival theme, “Nous Konnet Vive” [We know how to live] and amplify the love, unity, happiness and respect of the celebration.
“Carnival is all about socialization about celebrating our creativity, our culture and our artistic skills, this is the time when we showcase the street festive elements, the colorful costumes and pulsating music in our own unique way”.
While she encouraged greater participation in the celebrations she urged revelers to maintain clean fun and to reject violence.
“Let us reject violence and Anti-social behavior, let us show the world that we know how to live, the uniqueness of our carnival is an attraction to visitors, tourists and our dear Dominicans,” Charles stated.
Some of the major highlights for this year’s carnival are as follows;
Calypso quarter finals – February 1
Carnival opening Roseau – February 8
Carnival opening Portsmouth – February 16
Calypso semi-finals – February 15
Princess Show – February 16
Junior Calypso Monarch – February 20
Mr Caribbean – February 21
Mothers Queen – February 22
Teenage Pageant – February 23
Lagoon Street Jam – February 24
Stardom King of the tent – February 26
Champ of the Camp – February 27
Kiddies Carnival – March 2
J’ouvert – March 3
Youth Traditional Mas & T-shirt band – March 3
Costume Parade & last lap – March 4
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