From a recent press release:
Roseau â€“ 11 Jan., 2007 -- Today Dominica kicks-off another festive, authentic and traditional Carnival season, with Cable & Wireless as the official headline sponsor. Following is the exceptional line up of entertaining and intriguing cultural events that make Dominicaâ€™s celebration one not to miss!
January 10 â€“ CARNIVAL LAUNCH PARTY â€“ Local and foreign media, event sponsors and artists will all be in attendance at the Carnival launch party at Fort Young Hotel from 6-8:30 p.m.
January 10 â€“ STARDOM CALYPSO TENT â€“ Famous tent open every Wednesday before Carnival Monday & Tuesday giving the calypsonians a chance to showcase their songs before and during the Calypso Competitions. Reigate Downtown, 8 p.m.
January 12 â€“ SHOWDOWN MAS CAMP â€“ Another Calypso tent that gives calypsonians who participate in the Calypso Monarch Competition a chance to showcase their winning songs. Harlem Plaza â€“ Newtown, 8 p.m.
January 11 - 25 â€“ B MOBILE CARNIVAL WARM-UP â€“ Every Thursday at Pointe Michel, Castle Bruce, Grandbay, Salisbury from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
January 20 â€“ CALYPSO QUARTERFINALS â€“ New Town Savannah
January 27 â€“ NATIONAL PARADE & OFFICIAL OPENING OF CARNIVAL CITY - This event kicks off Carnival. The Queen Contestants, Calypsonians, Princess Show Contestants, popular band performances, people in sensay costumes, the blackies, stilt walkers (moko jumbies), cheerleaders, company floats and costumed bands on the street, weaving their way to Carnival City. The key to Carnival City will be handed over. Lapo Kabwit Competition plus Live bands: Triple K and Esclav. 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
January 28 â€“ JAYCEES CARIBBEAN TEENAGE PAGEANT â€“ Carnival City
January 29-31 â€“ B MOBILE MAS ON DE BOULEVARD â€“ Ole Mass featured through music and costumes. Daily from 12-6 p.m.
February 1 â€“ B MOBILE CARNIVAL WARM-UP â€“ Laplaine.
February 2 â€“ NATIONAL JUNIOR MONARCH AND BOUYON FESTIVAL - Dominicaâ€™s Bouyon music at its finest paired with the junior monarchs at Carnival City from 5.30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
February 3 â€“ CALYPSO SEMI FINALS â€“ Calypso - political commentary mixed with humor and local scandal. The semi final is the last leg of eliminations leading up to the finals. Newtown Savannah beginning at 8 p.m.
February 4 â€“ CARNIVAL PRINCESS SHOW â€“ Contestants from various primary schools compete for Princess 2006 at The Old Mill, 4 p.m.
February 4 â€“ CALYPSO QUEEN SHOW â€“ Calypso competition for the women that is just too humorous to miss. Carnival City.
February 5-8 â€“ FUN CITY â€“ Carnival Village.
February 6 â€“ STARDOM CALYPSO TENT â€“ Reigate Dowtown.
February 9 â€“ SHOWDOWN MAS CAMP â€“ Harlem Plaza â€“Newtown, 8 p.m.
February 10 â€“ INTERNATIONAL ARTIST CONCERT - TBA
February 11 â€“ TEENAGE PAGEANT â€“ Teens from area high schools compete in this annual competition, organized by the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company. Carnival City, 5 p.m.
February 12 â€“ LAGON STREET JAM â€“ Calypso, Soca, Bouyon Music and a lot of people in a jam. And itâ€™s open to everyone!!! 8 p.m.
February 13 â€“ LAPO KABWITT/SENSAY FESTIVAL - Costumes associated with traditional Carnival such as 'sensay', 'cowboys' and 'sooswell soowi' together with music from the goat skin drummers. Marigot, 8 p.m.
February 13 â€“ PANORAMA â€“ Carnival City.
February 14 â€“ STARDOM KING OF THE TENT â€“ A fitting end to the Calypso Show Series where King of The Stardom Tent is chosen. Reigate Downtown at 8 p.m.
February 15 â€“ CHAMP OF THE CAMP - A fitting end to the Calypso Show Series where a â€śshowdown king of Mas Campâ€ť is chosen. 8 p.m.
February 16 â€“ MISS DOMINICA PAGEANT â€“ The Miss Dominica 2007 Competition will once again highlight the beauty, grace, charm, intelligence and talent of nine Dominican young women between the ages of 18-25. Five segments will take place including Talent, Costume, Swim Wear, Evening Wear and Question and Answer. Carnival City, 8 p.m.
February 16 â€“ OFFICIAL MASQUERADERS AFTER PARTY - TBA
February 17 â€“ CARNIVAL BEER GARDEN â€“ Peebles Park
February 17 â€“ B MOBILE GRAND CALYPSO FINALS - The finalists from the semi finals compete for the title of Calypso King â€“ Carnival City, 8:30 p.m.
February 18 â€“ KIDDIES OLD MAS â€“ Kids turn to have fun dressed up in costumes. Steel pan bands will also put on a show at Carnival City from 2-8 p.m.
February 18 â€“ B MOBILE SOCA MONARCH/KING & QUEEN OF THE BAND CONTEST â€“ At Carnival City, 9 p.m.
February 19 â€“ NATIONAL TRADITIONAL CARNIVAL STREET PARADE â€“ Costumes, Bands, Music, Culture, People, one big festival that is rooted in the ole masquerade in which most revelers on the streets wore masks to conceal their identity. Roseau Only.
February 20 â€“ CARNIVAL TUESDAY â€“ Street Jump Up, Island Wide.
February 21 â€“ TEWE VAVAL â€“ Held in the west-coast village of Dublanc and in the Carib Territory, this is one final event to Carnival - the Ash Wednesday burying of the â€śspirit of Carnivalâ€ť and the beginning of Lent.
February 22 â€“ CABINET FORUM â€“ Diaspora Meeting.
March 9 â€“ PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY - TBA
Known as â€śThe Nature Islandâ€ť and located between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean, the independent nation of Dominica (pronounced "Dom-in-eek-a") is the largest and most mountainous of the Windward Islands, encompassing an area of nearly 290 square miles. Of volcanic origins with mountains reaching heights of nearly 5,000 feet, rainforests that are considered among the last true oceanic rainforests in the world, more than 365 rivers, waterfalls, boiling lakes and pristine coral reefs, Dominicaâ€™s natural diversity is truly unique. Dominica is also home to the last remaining settlement of the Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean â€“ The Carib Indians. A place where man and nature live in harmony, adventurers and nature lovers alike will revel in the Islandâ€™s eco-tourism options which include scuba diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking/trekking, whale, dolphin and bird watching, sailing and fishing.
Dominica continues to be recognized for its attributes and sustainable tourism efforts, including being the first country in the world to receive Benchmarking designation from the prestigious eco-tourism organization Green Globe 21 and ranking as the only Caribbean destination in the top five happiest countries on earth in the Happy Planet Index (compiled by Britainâ€™s New Economics Foundation).
Beginning January 23, 2007, the U.S. State Department and the Department Homeland Security will require that all U.S. citizens and foreign nationals carry a passport or other accepted secure documents to enter or re-enter the U.S. through airports from the Caribbean, including Dominica. Please visit the U.S. State Department website at http://travel.state.gov for more information and downloadable passport application forms.
For more information on Dominica, contact the Dominica Tourist Office in New York: 888.645.5637. Or, visit Dominicaâ€™s official website: www.discoverdominica.com