The 2017 final, national carnival parade–el Desfile Nacional de Carnaval–came and went with a bang last Sunday on Santo Domingo’s waterfront boulevard.
The best comparsas from the Dominican Republic’s 31 provinces, plus the Distrito Nacional (Santo Domingo), paraded down the Malecon. This year’s costumes were even more impressive and colorful than the last, though the participants were also more rushed in an effort to keep things running on time. This made the photographer’s job that much harder, but it was a great time overall.
The parade kicked off at 4pm, with crowds arriving and staking their positions from 2pm, and ended around 7:30pm.
The colors, the energy, the craftsmanship and creativity behind each handmade costume were unparalleled. I’ll say it again: there is nothing like Dominican carnival anywhere else in the Caribbean. The size and diversity of the DR, and its zest for life continue to take my breath away even though I’m obviously not new to the country nor to its carnivals.
It was fantastic to have access to the Ministry of Culture’s platform again this year to take a break from photographing, and enjoy the open bar. A big thanks goes to the Ministry of Tourism for their continued support.
The main carnival season has now officially closed–perhaps these images will show you it’s worth visiting the DR in February for its biggest, most colorful month of culture and… carnaval dominicano!
View the slideshow below for more images.
I’m already looking forward to February 2018!
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