Held at the traditional pre-Lenten time, it involves two days of 'jump-up' in Roseau and other villages as well as parades, Calypso and Carnival Queen contests.
Carnival starts with a grand opening parade and includes events such as Pan By the Bay, a Carnival Queen show, the Calypso Monarch Show and the two days of traditional jump-up, Carnival Monday & Carnival Tuesday.
On Ash Wednesday, there is also 'Vaval' - the closing of Carnival, held in the village of Dublanc and in the Carib Territory.
Dates for Carnival Monday & Tuesday:
2014: 3rd & 4th March
2015: 16th & 17th February
2016: 8th & 9th February
2017: 27th & 28th February
2018: 12th & 13th February
2019: 4th & 5th March
2020: 24th & 25th February
Note that Carnival activities start about one month before Carnival Monday/Tuesday.
See our Calendar of Events for specific dates and times of Dominica's Carnival activities.
Visit this Carnival Page for all the details.
Kid-friendly! This activity has been kid-tested.