Mas An Lawi: Carnival of Dominica

Nature Island welcomes all Carnival lovers to its streets to participate in “Mas An Lawi”, the theme of this year’s Carnival.

Nature Island welcomes all Carnival lovers to its streets to participate in “Mas An Lawi”, the theme of this year’s Carnival.

The native Kwèyol phrase for “carnival in the streets” perfectly describes Dominica’s Real Mas, a true display of revelry, freedom and culture with tasteful nods to the island’s West African and Creole roots. But much more than an exhibition, the Dominica Carnival involves the participation and union of locals and visitors alike.

This year’s Miss Dominica pageant, the national queen show, will showcase five talented beautiful ladies as they search for the coveted throne. At the most recent Carnival press conference, Moesha Thomas of Petite Soufriere was officially fired by her sponsor, the Dominica National Lottery. In addition, Adicia Burton from the Kalinago Territory received a sponsorship from Petro Caribe Dominica and was also chiseled. Both ladies gave thank you speeches to their patrons. The other three contestants are Tarnia Latoya Eugene, Sandrin Elizee, and Meeya Francis. The Miss Dominica pageant will take place on Thursday, February 16 at Carnival City (the concourse of the Windsor Park sports arena) starting at 8 p.m.

The Carnival Princess Show, organized by the Rotaract Club of Dominica, promises to delight attendees with performances by six charming girls of primary school age on Sunday, February 5.

Other exciting events to watch out for include the weekly Stardom Tent and Mas Camp shows featuring local calypsonios, each providing their interpretation of local or global issues, expressed creatively and often humorously through the song art. Stardom Tent, which this year celebrates 50 years, will take place every Wednesday starting January 18 at Petit Miami, formerly the Anchorage Hotel, while Mas Camp will take place every Friday starting January 20 at M&G Jerk Hut Bar & Grill. Both locations are in Castle Comfort, an 8-minute drive south of the capital.

Meanwhile, the Portsmouth Carnival Committee is bringing the ‘hop’ back to the streets of Portsmouth with the return of the Portsmouth City Parade Carnival which starts at 2pm this Saturday 21st January in Portsmouth. Entertainment will be provided by the Signal Band.

Dat is Kanaval, a new event on the Carnival calendar, will feature performances by Alison Hinds from Barbados, New York DJ Wizz with Dominican roots, Triple Kay International, Unstoppable DJs, Kenny G, DJ Reo and more. The event is scheduled for Friday, February 10, starting at 9:00 p.m. in Ciudad Carnaval.

The Dominica Festivals Committee and the Discover Dominica Authority thank their main sponsors and collaborators: Josephine Gabriel & Co. Ltd, FLOW Dominica, Belfast Umbrella of Companies which produces BB Rum, known as the Official Rum of Carnival 2023: Mas An Lawi ; Convenience Plus and D Construction Solutions Inc., Republic Bank, National Bank of Dominica, Dominica National Lottery and PDV Petro Caribe Dominica.

The Nature Island welcomes everyone to experience the Real Mas An Lawi of the Caribbean. L’Express des Iles, Air Antilles and Val Ferry offer travel deals to the island from as little as €80 to €99 for those originating from Guadeloupe and Martinique; All prices are subject to availability and booking conditions. Interested persons are invited to book through the website, local agents or travel agencies to access these special rates and book in advance.

Mas Domnik 2023 is presented by the Government of Dominica through the Ministry of Tourism and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA). The Discover Dominica Authority encourages everyone to use the hashtags #TheRealMas, #MasAnLawi, #DiscoverDominica, #DominicaFestivalCommittee, #DominicaCarnival and #MasDomnik in social media posts.