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Carib beer Girl at Dominica Carnival

Dominica Carnival 2010 kicked into high gear Saturday afternoon with music, floats, and the annual parade that piled thousands of Dominicans and visitors alike along the street of Roseau.

Spectators couldn’t off asked for a better day, the weather as incredible and provide the requisite tropical heat to go along with the all masquerading going on .

Despite the limited resources for this year’s carnival, due to the global financial situation, many of the bands and gangs did turn out to take part in the opening parade. Flag Wavers, Bwa Bwas, Sensays, HiFi Bands, Mercury Band,and the seven beautiful Carnival Queen Contestants including reigning Calypso King “Karessa” and the reigning Carnival Queen Kayan Toussaint were all in attendance. All in all it was a great opening parade…can’t wait for carnival Monday and Tuesday.

BTW:The Dominica Festival Committee and the Dominica’s Carnival Development Committee has decided to keep the changes from last year Carnival Monday and Tuesday; where the usual parade of bands will be on Tuesday afternoon because of the persistent conflict with late J’Ouvert revelers. The T-shirt bands will parade on Monday instead of Tuesday.

Here are some scenes from Dominica’s “Real Mas” 2010 – Opening Carnival Parade. Enjoy ❗

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stick-walkers at Dominica Carnival

NBD flagwavers

Guinness carnival truck

carnival princess

sensay reveler

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carnival-fever

For more photos from the Dominica Carnival 2010 opening parade –visit Dominica Island Facebook Page.

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Kayan Toussaint and karessah

Following 2 days of mass and revelry Dominica Carnival 2009 came to a close on Tuesday February 24, 2009 as revelers, locals and tourist alike took to the streets to enjoy themselves one last time.

On the road to wind down the festivities were local bands like Triple Kay, Fanatic Band, and WCK.

The season has been arguably one of the better and more peaceful carnival seasons in years past; that’s coming from the carnival organizers.

But after randomly asking some of the revelers – what they thought of this year’s carnival, while some expressed similar views, others thought that carnival has changed for the worse and the passion is gone.

I personally didn’t attend much to the events for Carnival 2006/2007, but compared to the last two seasons, this year’s carnival lacked enthusiasm/passion that makes our carnival one the better carnivals in Caribbean.

What was your impression of this year’s carnival? Tell us in the comments.

For those who missed Carnival parade and jump up, here are some photo highlights from Carnival Monday and Tuesday for your enjoy.

Wendy Glanville

Nadine Sylvester

Kayla Benjamin

Lisa Alcendor

Attainea Toulon

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With just about seven weeks to go before carnival, rumor has it that the Dominica Festival Commission is broke, it owes about $3 million, and the government is yet to give the Festival Commission its usual annual carnival subvention fund. These are just some serious problems facing the 2008 Real Mas, which might just turn into Real Bacchanal.

In addition to all the problems, the management of the festival commission are in limbo because the government is presently in the process of switching responsibility for Carnival to the Ministry of Community Development and Culture, which is now headed up by Loreen Bannis-Reborts.

But biggest problem facing the carnival organizes is the lack of funds to execute the grand carnival celebration which they’ve been advertising for the Reunion year. Beside the regular Queen Show and street parades, the DFC plans for the Real Mas 2008 includes a Bouyon Festival, Soca Monarch Competition, Carnival Warm-Ups, and an International Artists Night featuring Beres Harmond and Carimi. The estimated total budget for the festival is EC$ 1,201,379.

Bottom Line: Carnival just week’s away- street jump-up days are on the 4th and 5th February 2008 – the Dominica Festivals commission is broke, and the annual government subvention fund has not yet come in.

What’s going to happen when the thousands of Dominicans who’re planning on returning home to celebrate the Reunion? Why is it always last minute for us here in Dominica? We know about the Reunion for years, but still with just over a few weeks before carnival things are not yet in place. Let’s hear opinion in the comments.

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