Mas Domnik ‘The Real Mas’ kicks off in Dominica

From left, Kasia John-Republic Bank Limited, Kimberlerly - DDA, Tania Eugene - Miss Dominica contestant, David Davis - Republic Banks Limited and Daphne Vidol - DDA.
From left, Kasia John-Republic Bank Limited, Kimberlerly – DDA, Tania Eugene – Miss Dominica contestant, David Davis – Republic Banks Limited and Daphne Vidol – DDA.
Photo by Sharon Coward

Carnival celebrations are back in Dominica, with the official opening of Mas Dominik 2023.

According to Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), the opening ceremony took place on Jan. 14 at the Stadium Forecourt preceded by the National Street Parade, under the theme, “Mas an Lawi.”

After a two-year absence, DDA said carnival in Dominica is back with “color, excitement, music, cheerleaders, masquerades, costume bands, T-shirt bands and troupes – a mix of traditional and contemporary flavors and highlights from Lapo Kabwit bands, Sensay, Black Devils, and Stilt Walkers, a taste of the cultural heritage.”

The display will also included the Calypso King and Carnival Queen, and the contestants of Miss Dominica and other pageants.

DDA said the 2023 Carnival Calendar boasts two months of activities for every age group including jump-ups, fetes, parades, pageants, and calypso.

Among the highlighted events are the Miss Dominica Carnival Queen Pageant, scheduled for Feb. 16; SunRise on Feb. 17; and the grand Calypso Finals on Feb. 18th.

“Calypso patrons can also look out for weekly calypso tents on Wednesdays and Fridays with the Stardom Tent being held at Petit Miami and Mas Camp at Jerk Hut both located at Castle Comfort,” DDA said.

It said Miss Tarnia Latoya Eugene contestant number #4 of the Miss Dominica Pageant was officially sashed by her sponsor Republic Bank Ltd.

DDA said other notable sponsors who have come on board thus far are the National Bank of Dominica, sponsor for contestant #5 Sandrin Elizee, and Convenience Plus/De Construction Solutions Ltd, sponsor for contestant #1 Meeya Francis.

Belfast Umbrella of Companies has also confirmed its sponsorship for the Carnival season with BB rum being the official rum for Carnival 2023, DDA said.

“Mas Domnik, dubbed ‘The Real Mas’, is considered to be one of the most eventful seasons in Dominica, portraying authentic masquerade in the Caribbean, and will run right through Carnival Monday on Feb. 20, culminating on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023,” DDA said.

A unique opportunity is open to all, and we welcome visitors to join in and experience the Caribbean’s Real Mas experience,” it added. “Airline and ferry tickets are still available and people are encouraged to book early.”

For more information on Dominica, visit Dominica’s official website at www.discoverdominica.com, explore the destination’s YouTube Page, and follow Dominica on Instagram and Facebook.

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